The Unsurprising Truth: Content and Nation in 19th Century Germany
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature
During the first half of the 19th century German readers were confronted with the impact of a growing and increasingly commercial system of mass print publication. I address how readers and critics understood publishing practices and the pervasiveness of media in a way that staged conflicting understandings of nation, focusing in particular on two moments in the history of the German press. First, I discuss Ludwig Philippson's Allgemeine Zeitung des Judenthums within the context of the emergence of German-language Jewish publications. Next, I address the controversy surrounding "Young Germany" as part of a broader phenomenon of imagining mass publication as a space for negotiating national identity. I look at how a relationship between practices of publication and those of imagining group belonging underlies both examples and suggest a fundamental connection between strategies of procuring content for publication and understanding perceived national characteristics in the space of mass print media.
Babinski, Paul Matthew, "The Unsurprising Truth: Content and Nation in 19th Century Germany" (2013). Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 14.