Category: Dorothea Tieck

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Fathoming one’s father

In the letters by Dorothea Tieck recently edited by Sophia Zeil in Letters and texts, there is one that illustrates to the perfection the censorship phenomena typical of letter editions in the 19th century. What is today considered as the first page of the letter begins in the middle of a sentence and was obviously originally not the first page of the letter. Also, it is crossed over in pencil. If you look for it in the existing print edition  (all the bibliographical references are to be found in our edition, see the footnotes), you will see that this passage is...

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The father’s hand (3)

In part one of this series, I described how Immanuel Hermann Fichte was falsely accused of having presented a philosophical essay of his dead father Johann Gottlieb Fichte, wanting to make it pass for his own. The accusation was based on a denial of intellectual genealogy that had its roots in a commonly admitted rule according which sons of scholars should not operate in the same disciplinary field as their fathers, and certainly not publish together with them. In order to take Immanuel Hermann Fichte’s defense, August Boeckh opposed to it the bad reputation of Johann Heinrich Voß, whose cooperation...

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Old flirt

Having had to stay at home for a few sick days, I had the unexpected opportunity to spend some time encoding. It was a relief to finally manage to find time. It was a pleasure to see the edition growing again. It was a delight to approach new themes and enrich the index of persons. It was depressing to open a new topic, that will require some intense reading before I can write good comments on the letters. We are now in the early 1820s. Tieck has moved to Dresden in 1819 when the father of his mistress died, thus...

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Frisches Brötchen für die Dame

Eigentlich hatte ich gehofft, dass der Boeckh-Antrag heute längst fertig ist (ich sitze ja schon so lange daran!) und dass ich diese Woche an meiner Dorothea Tieck-Biographie für die NDB sitzen würde. Leider ist dem nicht so, und ich verbringe noch einen erheblichen Anteil meiner Arbeitszeit am Überarbeiten der Kodierung und am Antragschreiben. Einen Blicklicht habe ich immerhin in Form der virtuellen Aussenwelt. Es war sowohl in Mainz als auch in Paris viel los, einmal auf dem Historikertag, einmal auf dem THATCamp Paris. Mit Twitter ist es, als ob ich dabei wäre! Bei aller Virtualität bin ich sogar angesichts der...