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The Topography of Modernity: Karl Philipp Moritz and the Space of Autonomy

Elliott Schreiber

Abstract

Karl Philipp Moritz (d. 1793) was one of the most innovative writers of the late Enlightenment in Germany. A novelist, travel writer, editor, and teacher he is probably best known today for his autobiographical novel Anton Reiser (1785–90) and for his treatises on aesthetics, foremost among them Über die bildendeNachahmung des Schönen (On the Formative Imitation of the Beautiful) (1788). In this treatise, Moritz develops the concept of aesthetic autonomy, which became widely known after Goethe included a lengthy excerpt of it in his own Italian Journey (1816–17). It was one of the foundational ... More

Keywords: Karl Philipp Moritz, Enlightenment, Germany, aesthetic autonomy, Weimar classicism, early Romanticism, aesthetic theory, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451782
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451782.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elliott Schreiber, author
Associate Professor of German Studies, Vassar College