"Geschichte Wallensteins": Ranke's Problem of Narrative – and Schiller's Solution?

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Abstract

This essay examines a tension in Ranke’s writing of history between universal developments on the one hand and the individual historical phenomena which manifest such developments on the other. Ranke’s "Geschichte Wallensteins" (1869) is seen as an attempt to resolve this tension by narrating seventeenth-century German history through biography. The ambiguities woven in to the Wallenstein figure by Schiller, in his history of the Thirty Years’ War (1790-92) and drama "Wallenstein" (1800) are suggested as valuable precursors to Ranke’s narrative technique.
Translated title of the contribution"Geschichte Wallensteins": Ranke's Problem of Narrative – and Schiller's Solution?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextual Intersections: Literature, History and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Europe
EditorsRachael Langford
PublisherAmsterdam/New York: Rodopi
Pages89 - 105
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789042027312
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Other: Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, vol. 129

Structured keywords

  • Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition

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