Clemens Brentano

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  • Claudia Stockinger (Universität Gottingen)

Clemens Brentano is one the most important representatives of German Romanticism, a literary movement which originated in Jena at the end of the 1790s, dissociating itself on the one hand from the literary-political programme of the so-called Berlin Late-Enlightenment (“Berliner Spätaufklärung”; Friedrich Nicolai) and, on the other hand, from the aesthetic objectives of Weimar Classicism (“Weimarer Klassik”; Friedrich Schiller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). A follower of Ludwig Tieck, whose literary achievements he tried to outdo – Dorothea Veit called him “Tieck's Tieck” (“Tieck des Tiecks”) – Brentano was less interested in the theory of Early …

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Stockinger, Claudia. "Clemens Brentano". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 May 2004
[, accessed 27 November 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. European Romanticism