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The Resource The Indo-German identification : reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885, Robert Cowan

The Indo-German identification : reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885, Robert Cowan

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The Indo-German identification : reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885
Title
The Indo-German identification
Title remainder
reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885
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Robert Cowan
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Language
eng
Summary
In the early nineteenth century, German intellectuals such as Novalis, Schelling, and Friedrich Schlegel, convinced that Germany's cultural origins lay in ancient India, attempted to reconcile these origins with their imagined destiny as saviors of a degenerate Europe, then shifted from 'Indomania' to Indophobia when the attempt foundered. The philosophers Hegel, Schopenhauer, and, later, Nietzsche provided alternate views of the role of India in world history that would be disastrously misappropriated in the twentieth century. Reconstructing Hellenistic and humanist views of the ancient Brahmins and Goths, French-Enlightenment debates over the postdiluvian origins of the arts and sciences, and the Indophilia and protonationalism of Herder, Robert Cowan focuses on turning points in the development of an 'Indo-German' ideal, an ideal less focused on intellectual imperialism than many studies of the 'Aryan Myth' and Orientalism would have us believe. Cowan argues that the study of this ideal continues to offer lessons about cultural difference in the 'post-national' twenty-first century. Of great interest to historians, philosophers, and literary scholars, this cross-cultural study offers a new understanding of the Indo-German story by showing that attempts to establish identity necessarily involve a reconciliation of origins and destinies, of self and other, of individual and collective. Robert Cowan is Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York
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UkCbUP
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1971-
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Cowan, Robert
Dewey number
305.83/1009034
Index
index present
LC call number
DD61.8
LC item number
.C69 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • National characteristics, German
  • Intellectuals
  • Ideals (Philosophy)
  • Public opinion
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • India
  • Germany
  • India
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The Indo-German identification : reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885, Robert Cowan
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: History is personal -- Prologue: Original attributes, 425 B.C.-A.D. 1765 -- pt. 1. L'âge des ombres, 1765-1790s -- As flood waters receded : the Enlightenment on the Indian origins of language and art -- Seeds of romantic Indology : from language to nation -- pt. 2. II. Textual salvation from social degeneration, 1790s-1808 -- Hindu predecessors of Christ: Novalis's Shakuntala -- Reconcilable indifferences : Schelling and the Gitagovinda -- Fear of infinity : Friedrich Schlegel's indictment of Indian religion -- pt. 3. III. Alternate idealizations, 1807-1885 -- Hegel's critique of "those plant-like beings" -- Schopenhauer's justification for good -- Nietzsche's inability to escape from Schopenhauer's South Asian sources -- Epilogue: Destinies reconsidered, 1885-2004 -- Conclusion: The intersection of the personal, the philosophical, and the political
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CR9781571137173
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1 online resource (x, 225 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781571134639
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
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The Indo-German identification : reconciling South Asian origins and European destinies, 1765-1885, Robert Cowan
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: History is personal -- Prologue: Original attributes, 425 B.C.-A.D. 1765 -- pt. 1. L'âge des ombres, 1765-1790s -- As flood waters receded : the Enlightenment on the Indian origins of language and art -- Seeds of romantic Indology : from language to nation -- pt. 2. II. Textual salvation from social degeneration, 1790s-1808 -- Hindu predecessors of Christ: Novalis's Shakuntala -- Reconcilable indifferences : Schelling and the Gitagovinda -- Fear of infinity : Friedrich Schlegel's indictment of Indian religion -- pt. 3. III. Alternate idealizations, 1807-1885 -- Hegel's critique of "those plant-like beings" -- Schopenhauer's justification for good -- Nietzsche's inability to escape from Schopenhauer's South Asian sources -- Epilogue: Destinies reconsidered, 1885-2004 -- Conclusion: The intersection of the personal, the philosophical, and the political
Control code
CR9781571137173
Extent
1 online resource (x, 225 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571134639
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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