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Placing Modern GreeceThe Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840$
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Constanze Guthenke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231850.001.0001

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The Form of Greek Landscape

The Form of Greek Landscape

(p.20) 1 The Form of Greek Landscape
Placing Modern Greece

Constanze Güthenke (Contributor Webpage)

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Moving beyond the conclusion of recent studies that place is symbolic and culturally constructed, this chapter historicizes those insights and traces them back to the central position of nature as landscape in post-Kantian and Romantic aesthetics. Here, landscape is thought extraordinarily suitable to embody universal concepts, among them that of freedom in particular. Nature is closely linked to questions of subjectivity and autonomy, and the use of nature imagery takes its premises from that same cluster of questions. An outline of the enabling form of Hellenism and the Romantic landscape of Greece leads on to the wider and far-reaching question of the ideal and its material representation. From this perspective, some of the consequences for literary representation of the emergence of the Greek state become clear.

Keywords:   freedom, ideal, landscape, nature imagery, post-Kantian aesthetics, Romantic aesthetics, symbol

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