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Land and Literature in a Cosmopolitan Age

Vincent P. Pecora


Despite its growing cosmopolitanism, European culture after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871 was no stranger to ancient beliefs in a natural, religiously sanctioned, and aesthetically pleasing relationship to the land. The classical Greek notion translates as “autochthony”—literally, birth from the soil, enabled by a god. The biblical account in Exodus gives the idea of a Promised Land, designed for a particular people by their god. Twentieth-century versions of the first theme culminate in the Nordic (and then Nazi) notion of a Volksgemeinschaft—a folk community—built on the supposedly in ... More

Keywords: land, literature, autochthony, promised land, modernity, theology, politics, aesthetics, cosmopolitanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198852148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198852148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincent P. Pecora, author
Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Professor of British Studies, University of Utah

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