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Challenging Linearity: Finding the Perspective of Herder’s Aelteste Urkunde des Menschengesclechts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2010 (English)In: Herausforderung Herder / Herders as Challenge / [ed] Sabine Groß, Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2010, 281-330 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article argues that all posthumous editions of Herder’s Aelteste Urkunde des Menschengeschlechts, vol. I (1774) are based on an unauthorized impression of the first edition (a ›normalized‹ version initiated by the printing house Breitkopf and the publisher Hartknoch) and that a previously unknown impression – marred by what appear to be striking printing errors and irregularities – must be the original version that was authorized by Herder. It also shows the important role typography and layout play in this work and the extent to which our understanding of the text is affected by the degree to which, for Herder, form of argument and material shape of the text are interrelated. Ultimately, it argues for a way of reading Herder that is attuned to the author’s subversion of linearity.

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Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2010. 281-330 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282197ISBN: 978-3-939381-24-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282197DiVA: diva2:916714
Available from: 2016-04-04 Created: 2016-04-04 Last updated: 2016-04-04

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