Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
INAUGURAL LECTURE: Professor Andreas Musolff - Germany as a Political Body in National Self-Perception
This lecture will explore the political imagery that has been used to refer to Germany -- or parts of it -- as an animal or human body (or parts of it). There is no one central phrase in German expressing this conceptual metaphor, as in English body politic, or in French corps politique. Nonetheless, we can trace back its uses in German to the sixteenth century. Some of its lexical variants, such as Staatskörper, Volkskörper, Nationalkörper appear to be connected to significant changes in the political perception of state and nation. In order to corroborate this hypothesis, the lecture will examine some of the corollaries of the body-state metaphor in historical and present-day texts in detail and discuss the implications for linguistic analysis.
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