Bernd Kortlander, a leading specialist on Heinrich Heine, will discuss the Romantic poet in a lecture from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, in 114 Gore Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.
Kortlander’s talk, "Poet Unknown: The Expulsion of Heinrich Heine from German Literature," is sponsored by the European Studies program and is free and open to the public.
Heine is one of Germany and Europe's greatest Romantic poets. Yet he was gradually removed from the canon of German letters between the late 19th century and the National Socialist regime. Kortlander asks why this happened.
His lecture will explore the elements of Heine's oeuvre that clashed with the cultural politics of various nationalist standpoints. Heine's famous poem, "Loreley," illustrates these various phases of reception, including its virulent rejection by the Nazis, who strove to erase Heine completely from German literary tradition.
Kortlander is the former deputy director of the Heinrich Heine Institute of Dusseldorf, Germany, and professor for German literature at the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf. The author and editor of numerous books, editions and essays on German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, he focuses on Heine and his times, Franco-German literary relations and issues of regional literature.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Global and Area Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. For more information, visit the center’s website.
The poet Henrich Heine, 1831, by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim. PD-US