The essay presents Unzer's elegy Vou-ti bey Tsin-nas Grabe as an early example of poetical experimentation with Chinese language and philosophy. It interprets the poem within the context of 18th century European «Chinoiseries» and the discussion of Chinese gardens as an attempt to introduce to German readers what can be considered as a unique «Chinese taste». As the essay argues, Unzer's idea was that in order to perfect our own aesthetic taste, we should take into consideration aesthetical values that are different from our own.
|Translated title of the contribution||Poetic curiosity or poetical experiment? Ludwig August Unzer and his elegy in Chinese taste|
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift fur Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Dec 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Literature and Literary Theory