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Of Ruinous And Wasted Idylls: The Modesty Of A Once-And-Future Literary History

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A New History of German Literature was launched on February 28, 2005, in a celebration at the Goethe Institute in New York, with a panel discussion themed “The Challenge of German Literary History.” In the light of the author particular academic trajectory, what particularly jumped out at her in Wellbery’s introduction was the claim that “neither ‘history,’ nor ‘German,’ nor ‘literature’ means quite the same thing here as in the standard works”. A redefined kind of education, Bildung is a linguistically, culturally and historically specific, and specifically modern concept in the first instance about the creation of enlightened citizens, who have à la Kant overcome their self-inflicted immaturity by becoming erudite and acquiring knowledge that provides what Bourdieu called cultural capital. In both films ( Name is Modesty and Lilya 4-ever ), the author encounters the ruins of a great society.

Keywords: Name is Modesty ; Goethe Institute; Lilya 4-ever; Name is Modesty; New History of German Literature; The Challenge of German Literary History



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