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Transatlantic Echoes

Alexander von Humboldt in World Literature

Edited by Rex Clark and Oliver Lubrich

480 pages, 42 ills, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-265-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2012)

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There is no doubt that these volumes combine the most comprehensive collection of texts for the colorful and shifting history of Humboldt's fame...By laboriously assembling, and in many cases translating, an impressive number of texts from remote corners of libraries and collections, Clark and Lubrich have provided a valuable service to scholars and the general public. In this process they have filled a neglected space in the literature about Humboldt. They have pointed to the issues of colonialism and integrated Latin American voices and into the dialogue about Humboldt, a dialogue that concerns primarily Latin America. the world that Humboldt treated so exhaustively in histwenty-nine volumes. “  ·  Yearbook of German-American Studies


Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was a world traveler, bestselling writer, and versatile researcher, a European salon sensation, and global celebrity. Yet the enormous literary echo he generated has remained largely unexplored. Humboldt inspired generations of authors, from Goethe and Byron to Enzensberger and García Márquez, to reflect on cultural difference, colonial ideology, and the relation between aesthetics and science. This collection of one-hundred texts features tales of adventure, travel reports, novellas, memoirs, letters, poetry, drama, screenplays, and even comics—many for the first time in English. The selection covers the foundational myths and magical realism of Latin America, the intellectual independence of Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, and Whitman in the United States, discourses in Imperial, Weimar, Nazi, East, and West Germany, as well as recent films and fiction. This documented source book addresses scholars in cultural and postcolonial studies as well as readers in history and comparative literature.

Rex Clark is a Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, researching the history of travel guides and travel discourse in the eighteenth century and focusing on Friedrich Nicolai, Georg Forster, and Alexander von Humboldt. He has published articles on digital media, postcolonial travel theory, and the reception of Alexander von Humboldt.

Oliver Lubrich is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Universität Bern in Switzerland. He is the author of Shakespeare's Self-Deconstruction (2001) and Post-Colonial Poetics (2004, 2009) and the editor of Travels in the Reich, 1933-1945 (2010). He has edited or co-edited Alexander von Humboldt's Central Asia (2009), Kosmos (2004), and the first German version of Vues des Cordillères (2004), the Chimborazo Diary (2006) as well as the ethnographic and political essays (2009, 2010).

Also edited by Rex Clark and Oliver Lubrich: Cosmos and Colonialism: Alexander von Humboldt in Cultural Criticism
Subject: History (General) Cultural Studies (General) Literary Studies
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean Europe


List of Illustrations
Editorial method

Introduction: Imagining Humboldt

Chapter 1. Elective Affinities 1809
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Chapter 2. The Winter Garden 1809
Ludwig Achim von Arnim

Chapter 3. A Voyage Around the World 1817
Adelbert von Chamisso

Chapter 4. Memoirs 1818
José Servando Teresa de Mier

Chapter 5. On the Teocalli of Cholula 1820
José María Heredia

Chapter 6. Don Juan 1821
George Gordon Byron

Chapter 7. The Guahiba. A Tale 1822
William Herbert

Chapter 8. My Delirium on Chimborazo 1822
Simón Bolívar

Chapter 9. Allocution to Poetry 1823
Andrés Bello

Chapter 10. Letters 1824
Carl Ritter

Chapter 11. The Rock of the Mother, or the Guahiba Indian 1828
Adelbert von Chamisso

Chapter 12. Letters to Jeanette Wohl 1828-30
Ludwig Börne

Chapter 13. Letters 1831-34
Charles Darwin

Chapter 14. Beagle’ Diary 1832
Charles Darwin

Chapter 15. On the Relation of Man to the Globe 1833
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapter 16. Administrative Adventures of a Wonderful Idea 1834
Honoré de Balzac

Chapter 17. Diaries 1834
Hans Christian Andersen

Chapter 18. Voyage of the Beagle 1836
Charles Darwin

Chapter 19. Journey to the Mountain of Toluca 1837
José María Heredia

Chapter 20. Life in Mexico 1840-41
Frances Calderón de la Barca

Chapter 21. A Walk to Wachusett 1842
Henry David Thoreau

Chapter 22. This Book Belongs to the King 1843
Bettina von Arnim

Chapter 23. Journals 1845
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapter 24. Letters 1845-54
Charles Darwin

Chapter 25. Diaries 1846
Hans Christian Andersen

Chapter 26. The Involuntary Comedians 1846
Honoré de Balzac

Chapter 27. To Humboldt. An Ode 1847
Bernhard von Lepel

Chapter 28. Journals 1847
Franz Grillparzer

Chapter 29. Eureka: A Prose Poem 1848
Edgar Allen Poe

Chapter 30. Knights of the Spirit 1850-51
Karl Gutzkow

Chapter 31. A Girl of the People 1852
Karl Gutzkow

Chapter 32. Journals 1852
Franz Grillparzer

Chapter 33. Letters 1853
Frederic Edwin Church

Chapter 34. Lutezia 1854
Heinrich Heine

Chapter 35. Indian Summer 1857
Adalbert Stifter

Chapter 36. A Son of Alexander von Humboldt 1858
Eugen Hermann [von Dedenroth]

Chapter 37. Poems 1858
Friedrich Adolf Maercker

Chapter 38. The Conduct of Life 1860
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapter 39. Leaves of Grass 1860
Walt Whitman

Chapter 40. Poems 1862
Friedrich Adolf Maercker

Chapter 41. Travels through the Mark of Brandenburg 1862
Theodor Fontane

Chapter 42. Voyage to the Interior of the Earth 1864
Jules Verne

Chapter 43. Adventures of Captain Hatteras. The Desert of Ice 1865
Jules Verne

Chapter 44. The Children of Captain Grant 1865-67
Jules Verne

Chapter 45. Abu Telfan 1868
Wilhelm Raabe

Chapter 46. For the Humboldt Festival in America 1869
Emil Rittershaus

Chapter 47. Humboldt’s Birthday 1869
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chapter 48. The Memory of Humboldt 1869
William McJimsey

Chapter 49. Journals 1869
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chapter 50. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas 1869-70
Jules Verne

Chapter 51. Memoirs 1875
Heinrich Laube

Chapter 52. Looking Back on my Life 1875
Karl Gutzkow

Chapter 53. My Life on the Stage 1876
Karoline Bauer

Chapter 54. A Voyage to Venezuela 1881
José Martí

Chapter 55. The Giant Raft. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon 1881
Jules Verne

Chapter 56. Letters 1881
Charles Darwin

Chapter 57. O Guesa 1884
Joaquim de Sousândrade

Chapter 58. The Buchholz Family 1884
Julius Stinde

Chapter 59. Autobiography 1887
Charles Darwin

Chapter 60. The Mighty Orinoco 1898
Jules Verne

Chapter 61. The Crisis 1901
Winston Churchill

Chapter 62. Conquering Hero and Fool 1903
August Strindberg

Chapter 63. Through the Brazilian Wilderness 1914
Theodore Roosevelt

Chapter 64. Macunaíma 1928
Mário de Andrade

Chapter 65. Bolívar 1930
Jordan Herbert Stabler

Chapter 66. Astonishment at the Rhine Falls 1933
Ernst Bloch

Chapter 67. Beyond the Mexique Bay 1934
Aldous Huxley

Chapter 68. Dialogue with a Nazi 1944
Egon Erwin Kisch

Chapter 69. The Fair Rodríguez 1949
Artemio de Valle-Arizpe

Chapter 70. The Lost Steps 1953
Alejo Carpentier

Chapter 71. The Cantos, Canto LXXXIX 1956
Ezra Pound

Chapter 72. Alexander von Humboldt 1959
Theo Piana and Horst Schönfelder

Chapter 73. Hallucinations 1966
Reinaldo Arenas

Chapter 74. Seventy Drifted Away 1966
Ernst Jünger

Chapter 75. Corollary Bird 1966
Pablo Neruda

Chapter 76. The Guacharo 1969
Erich Fried

Chapter 77. Seventy Drifted Away 1970
Ernst Jünger

Chapter 78. On the Chimborazo 1974
Tankred Dorst

Chapter 79. Humboldt’s Gift 1975
Saul Bellow

Chapter 80. A. H. (1769-1859) 1975
Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Chapter 81.  A Conversation in the House of Stein about the absent Herr von Goethe 1975
Peter Hacks

Chapter 82. Guevara, or the Republic of the Sun 1975
Volker Braun

Chapter 83. Humboldt and Bolivar, or The New Continent 1979
Claus Hammel

Chapter 84. The Russian Letters of the Huntsman Johann Seifert 1980
Christoph Hein

Chapter 85. Humboldt & Bonpland, Taxidermists 1981
Ibsen Martínez

Chapter 86. Caribbean Cold Breeze 1984
Hans Christoph Buch

Chapter 87. Memory of Fire 1985
Eduardo Galeano

Chapter 88. My Chimborazo Journals 1987-88
Rainer Simon

Chapter 89. The Ascent of Chimborazo 1988
Paul Kanut Schäfer and Rainer Simon

Chapter 90. Distant Land 2005
Rainer Simon

Chapter 91. In Trouble Again 1988
Redmond O’Hanlon

Chapter 92. The General in his Labyrinth 1989
Gabriel García Márquez

Chapter 93. Aire Libre 1996
Luis Armando Roche and Jacques Espagne

Chapter 94. Equinoctial Recurrence 1998
Denzil Romero

Chapter 95. An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter 2000
César Aira

Chapter 96. The Explorer 2001
Mattias Gerwald [Berndt Schulz]

Chapter 97. Humboldt. Travel-Novella 2001
Günter Herburger

Chapter 98. Wide World 2004
Lauren Gunderson

Chapter 99. Alexander von Humboldt and François Arago 2004
Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Chapter 100. Measuring the World 2005
Daniel Kehlmann

Source Bibliography

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