Germania Remembered 1500–2009: Commemorating and Inventing a Germanic Past

Germania Remembered 1500–2009: Commemorating and Inventing a Germanic Past

Edited by Christina Lee and Nicola McLelland
2013 | 426 + xxxviii pp. | 42 ills. | 978-0-86698-473-7 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 425 | $80 | £60 |

Germania Remembered provides a genuinely multidisciplinary examination of how the remote history of Germany has been invoked in scholarly and popular imagination since 1500. It looks at the reception of sources, such as the Germania by Tacitus, or Old Norse poetry, in the establishment and re-invention of a ‘Germanic’ identity. The seventeen essays show how various aspects of ancient Germanic society—its language, religion, laws, music, poetry, and historical figures, such as Hermann/Arminius—have been re-imagined in Germany and beyond, in disciplines ranging from philology to popular literature, from theatre and art to history, from musical theory to regional culture.