Hamann's Prophetic Mission
A Genetic Study of Three Late Works against the Enlightenment

Timothy Beech

Bithell Series of Dissertations 34

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 74

Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

23 April 2010  •  190pp

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Johann Georg Hamann (1730-88) was one of the most radical and sophisticated critics of the German Enlightenment. The three late works Konxompax, Metakritik über den Purismum der Vernunft and Golgatha und Scheblimini!, written between 1779 and 1784, are polemics against iconic texts by the Enlightenment luminaries Lessing, Kant and Mendelssohn. This diverse and rich material, ranging from the Fragmentenstreit to Kant's first Critique, is refracted through Hamann's radical Lutheranism, with freemasonry and the pagan mystery religions adding lurid apocalyptic highlights. Hamann's idiosyncratic style and heavily intertextual manner of composition give his works a fascinating and teasing complexity and put his writing at odds with the period's preferred ideals of ease and elegance. For these reasons, he is a standing provocation to our assumptions about the 18th century.

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Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Preface
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1-10
Introduction
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11-40
I ‘Moses brauchte nicht seinethalben, sondern des Volkes wegen, eine Decke’: the origins and aims of Hamann’s style and Autorschaft
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41-80
II Konxompax
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81-124
III The Metakritik über den Purismum der Vernunft in its genetic and intellectual context
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125-164
IV Golgatha und Scheblimini!
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165-174
Conclusion
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175-180
Bibliography
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181-182
Index
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Beech, Timothy, Hamann's Prophetic Mission: A Genetic Study of Three Late Works against the Enlightenment, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 34 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2010)

First footnote reference: 35 Timothy Beech, Hamann's Prophetic Mission: A Genetic Study of Three Late Works against the Enlightenment, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 34 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2010), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Beech, p. 47.

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Beech, Timothy. 2010. Hamann's Prophetic Mission: A Genetic Study of Three Late Works against the Enlightenment, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 34 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Beech 2010: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Beech 2010: 21.

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