- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Note on the Text
- Note on Translation and Commentary
1.Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History
- From Alte Volkslieder / Ancient Folk Songs
2.The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism
- From Volkslieder and Stimmen der Völker in Liedern / Folk Songs and Voices of the People in Song
3.Singing the Sacred Body
- From Lieder der Liebe: Die ältesten und schönsten aus Morgenlande / Songs of Love: The Oldest and Most Beautiful from the Orient
4.The Nation and Its Fragments
- From “Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker” / “Correspondence about Ossian and the Songs of Ancient Peoples”
5.Songs of the Enlightenment Bard
- “Homer und Ossian” / “Homer and Ossian”
6.Redemption through Sacred Song
- Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings
7.The Shores of Modernity
- From “Wirkung der Dichtkunst auf die Sitten neuerer Zeiten” / “The Influence of Poetry on the Customs of Modernity”
8.The Epic as Nation
- From Der Cid / The Cid
9.Music Transcendent and Sublime
- “Von Musik” / “On Music”
The Epic as Nation
The Epic as Nation
Essay on Herder’s Der Cid
- (p.221) 8. The Epic as Nation
- Song Loves the Masses
Philip V. Bohlman
- University of California Press
A full translation of the Iberian epic, El Cid, remained one of Herder’s most ambitious project throughout his life. Herder drew from several different sources, both Spanish and French, to create an expansive work of 70 cantos, which reflect the transmission in the smaller narrative forms of the Spanish romance and their realization in German through the line-by-line decasyllabic forms of epic, thereby representing its singability in oral tradition. The Cid’s story of encounter between religions in medieval Al-Andalus was widely known already in eighteenth-century Europe, but Herder’s translation, which would appear in hundreds of versions into the twentieth century, became one of the most sweepingly influential texts of epic nationalism.
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