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Prophecies of Language: The Confusion of Tongues in German Romanticism

Kristina Mendicino


The scenes of Babel and Pentecost, the original confusion of tongues and their redemption through translation, haunt German Romanticism and Idealism. This book retraces the ways in which the task of translation, so crucial to the literature and philosophy of Romanticism, is repeatedly tied to prophecy, not in the sense of telling future events, but in the sense of speaking in the place of another—most often unbeknownst to the speaker herself. In prophecy, in other words, the confusion of tongues repeats, each time anew, and prophecy means, first of all, speaking in more than one voice—and more ... More

Keywords: Hegel, Hölderlin, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Idealism, philology, prophecy, Romanticism, Schlegel, translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823274017
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Mendicino, author
Brown University