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Translating Nietzsche, mediating literature: Alexander Tille and the limits of Anglo-German intercultural transfer

Translating Nietzsche, mediating literature: Alexander Tille and the limits of Anglo-German intercultural transfer

Manz, Stefan (2007) Translating Nietzsche, mediating literature: Alexander Tille and the limits of Anglo-German intercultural transfer. Neophilologus, 91 (1). pp. 117-134. ISSN 0028-2677 electronic 1572-8668 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-006-9008-x)

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Abstract

Dr. Alexander Tille (1866–1912) was one of the key-figures in Anglo-German intercultural transfer towards the end of the 19th century. As a lecturer in German at Glasgow University he was the first to translate and edit Nietzsche’s work into English. Writers such as W. B. Yeats were influenced by Nietzsche and used Tille’s translations. Tille’s social Darwinist reading of the philosopher’s oeuvre, however, had a narrowing impact on the reception of Nietzsche in the Anglo-Saxon world for decades. Through
numerous publications Tille disseminated knowledge about British authors (e.g., Robert Louis Stevenson, William Wordsworth) in Germany and about German authors (e.g., Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) in Britain. His role as mediator also extended into areas such as history, religion, and industry. During the Boer war, however,
Tille’s outspoken pro-German nationalism brought him in conflict with his British host society. After being physically attacked by his students he returned to Germany and published a highly anglophobic monograph. Tille personifies the paradox of Anglo-German relations in the pre-war years, which deteriorated despite an increase in
intercultural transfer and knowledge about the respective Other. [From the Author]

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anglo-German relations, intercultural transfer, literature, Dr. Alexander Tille,
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Applied Linguistics Research Group
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Languages & International Studies
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2432

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