Hannah Arendt, Emigre Intellectuals, and the Ethos of World Literature

  • Curthoys, Edward (Ned) (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    World literature was an optimistic term coined by Goethe in 1827 to include poetry, novels, drama, critical reviews, translations, and essays. Goethe hoped literature could become a medium for transnational communication, the correction of national prejudices, and the appreciation of cultural diversity. This project will examine migr intellectuals of the middle twentieth century, especially the political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reworked Goethe s idea as a means of resisting nationalism, fascism, and doctrinaire thinking. This will be the first truly interdisciplinary analysis of the social, intellectual, and political currents that have shaped the idea of a world-literature in the twentieth-century.
    Effective start/end date1/01/0614/02/09


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$233,580.00


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