Cosmos and Colonialism. Alexander von Humboldt in Cultural Criticism

Lubrich, Oliver; Clark, Rex (eds.) (2012). Cosmos and Colonialism. Alexander von Humboldt in Cultural Criticism [Source Edition] . New York: Berghahn Books

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Alexander von Humboldt explored the Spanish Empire on the verge of its collapse (1799–1804). He is the most significant German travel writer and the most important mediator between Europe and the Americas of the nineteenth century. His works integrated knowledge from two dozen domains. Today, he is at the center of debates on imperial discourse, postcolonialism, and globalization. This collection of fifty essays brings together a range of responses, many presented here for the first time in English. Authors from Schiller, Chateaubriand, Sarmiento, and Nietzsche, to Robert Musil, Kurt Tucholsky, Ernst Bloch, and Alejo Carpentier paint the historical background. Essays by contemporary travel writers and recent critics outline the current controversies on Humboldt. The source materials collected here will be indispensable to scholars of German, French, and Latin and North American literature as well as cultural and postcolonial studies, history, art history, and the history of science.

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Book (Source Edition)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Lubrich, Oliver


400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures




Berghahn Books




Simone Gehr

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2014 10:41

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2016 13:49

Additional Information:

50 essayistische Texte zu Alexander von Humboldt – von Schiller und Chateaubriand bis zur postkolonialen Theorie.
Besprochen u.a. in: German Quarterly, Winter 2013, S. 100–101.


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