Welt der Weltphilologie : Die Briefe Uku Masings and Enno Littmann 1933-1943

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Trüper , H 2018 , ' Welt der Weltphilologie : Die Briefe Uku Masings and Enno Littmann 1933-1943 ' , Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte , vol. 92 , no. 4 , pp. 557-583 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s41245-018-0069-z

Title: Welt der Weltphilologie : Die Briefe Uku Masings and Enno Littmann 1933-1943
Author: Trüper, Henning
Contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Forskarkollegium
Date: 2018-12
Language: deu
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte
ISSN: 0012-0936
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/277489
Abstract: The nine surviving letters by the Estonian philologist, theologian, philosopher and lyricist Uku Masing to his teacher, the Tübingen professor of Semitic philology Enno Littmann, for the most part written 1940-1943, offer insight into the question of what, until the mid-20th century, was meant by »world« in the context of world philology. The article contrasts Masing’s position with Erich Auerbach’s 1950s notion of »world philology«. By means of this comparison, the radical nature of Masing’s understanding of philological practice can be grasped. The article discusses the manner in which Auerbach and Masing apply notions from the philosophy of history to philological practice, which they understand as a universalization of exile and as testimony to the comprehensive vulnerability of scholarship respectively. This discussion is followed by an annotated edition of the letters.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
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