Heinrich Heine and Berlin in the 1820s – the Budding Poet as an Active Participant in the Salon and Theater Scene
Organized by the American Goethe Society
Classical Oktoberfest: Lecture, Lunch, and Film
Saturday, 18 October 2014, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington DC, 812 7th St. NW, Wash. DC
Galerie, 2nd Floor
10:30 am: Coffee, Registration, Networking
11 am – 12 pm: Lecture In English by
Politically and culturally, Berlin had developed into Prussia’s most significant city around 1800, with a vibrant salon culture at its center. The young student Heinrich Heine arrived in Berlin in 1821, where he quickly became an active participant in the famous Rahel Varnhagen Salon. Following a brief introduction into the cultural context, the lecture will focus on an unpublished manuscript by Heine discovered by Dr. Frederiksen in Krakow, Poland in 1989. In it, Heine defends the actress Auguste Stich (née Düring) against accusations of an extramarital affair, attracting attention as a keen critic of Berlin’s theater scene in 1823. The second part of Dr. Frederiksen’s lecture will discuss Rahel Varnhagen's influence on the young Heine’s literary career as evidenced in his Briefe aus Berlin (1822-27).
performed by the Kammerakademie Potsdam at the Neues Palais Potsdam
Cost: $20/members; $25/non-members
Advance Registration required.
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