By the Rivers of Babylon: Heinrich Heine's Late Songs and Reflections

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Wayne State University Press, 1998 - 399 Seiten
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German poet Heinrich Heine was bedridden with a debilitating illness for the last eight years of his life, during which time he reassessed many of his previous views on life. By the Rivers of Babylon examines the changes in his thinking about history, philosophy, and religion during that period and shows how those changes are reflected in his later poetry. Roger Cook offers an analysis of Heine's vehement renunciation of the Hegelian ideas that had shaped his earlier conception of history. Refuting accepted opinions that this shift in thought was a displaced opposition to social developments, Cook contends that these late writings represent Heine's consistent rejection of idealist philosophy and reveal Heine's new understanding of poetry's role as a transmitter of myth. Cook shows how Heine transcended the boundaries of European culture and Judeo-Christian religion by aligning his work with alternative cultures on the margins of society.
 

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Inhalt

Preface
7
Introduction
13
Grand sublime dreadful thoughts on History
49
A Revised History of Religion and Philosophy
91
The Poet as Historian
121
Tales
191
Lamentations
271
Hebrew Melodies
307
Epilogue
351
Notes
367
Bibliography
383
Index
391
Urheberrecht

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Roger F. Cook is an associate professor of German at the University of Missouri-Columbia and co-editor of The Cinema of Wim Wenders (Wayne State University Press, 1996).

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