The German Question between Poetry and the Law in the Nineteenth Century “Poetry and the law are born in the same cradle”.- Thus Jacob Grimm, the great Romantic philologist and founding father of German studies, wrote in 1816. This famous statement was inspired by the new juridical science fostered by his master, Friedrich Carl von Savigny. With the establishment of the Historical School of Law in 1814, and by assigning a fundamental role to the jurists’interpretation, Savigny had proposed to maintain the old Reich’s heritage in Germany rather than introducing a civil code fashioned after the Napoleonic template, thus laying the foundations of a bond between the study of the old German law, the Romantic Lied and the aspirations of many writers and intellectuals who, like Jacob Grimm, believed in the rediscovery of the-German people’ authentic traditions. In nineteenth-century Germany, nation building and state-building were thus both conceived and supported by means of that bond between law and literature. In this case the law-literature paradigm guided the process which combined the cultural formation of German identity with the political project of national unification. The essay outlines the development of this fascinating and ambiguous project and its ultimate failure in 1848.

La questione tedesca nel primo Ottocento: un paradigma giusletterario

FOI, MARIA CAROLINA
2016

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The German Question between Poetry and the Law in the Nineteenth Century “Poetry and the law are born in the same cradle”.- Thus Jacob Grimm, the great Romantic philologist and founding father of German studies, wrote in 1816. This famous statement was inspired by the new juridical science fostered by his master, Friedrich Carl von Savigny. With the establishment of the Historical School of Law in 1814, and by assigning a fundamental role to the jurists’interpretation, Savigny had proposed to maintain the old Reich’s heritage in Germany rather than introducing a civil code fashioned after the Napoleonic template, thus laying the foundations of a bond between the study of the old German law, the Romantic Lied and the aspirations of many writers and intellectuals who, like Jacob Grimm, believed in the rediscovery of the-German people’ authentic traditions. In nineteenth-century Germany, nation building and state-building were thus both conceived and supported by means of that bond between law and literature. In this case the law-literature paradigm guided the process which combined the cultural formation of German identity with the political project of national unification. The essay outlines the development of this fascinating and ambiguous project and its ultimate failure in 1848.
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