Kate Hamburger

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Käte Hamburger (born September 21, 1896 in Hamburg ; died April 8, 1992 in Stuttgart ) was a German specialist in German , literary scholar and philosopher . She was an extraordinary (unpaid) professor at the University of Stuttgart .

life and work

Käte Hamburger was founded in 1922 with the work of Schiller's analysis of the human being as the basis of his philosophy of culture and history. A contribution to the problem of individualism, presented on the basis of his philosophical writings by Clemens Baeumker in Munich . Expelled by the National Socialists because of her Jewish origins, she emigrated to Sweden in 1934 and only returned to the Federal Republic of Germany from exile in 1956. While she was working as a language teacher, journalist and writer in Sweden, she continued her literary work with, among other things, an impressive overall appreciation of the work of Leo Tolstoyaway; from 1955 she worked as a lecturer, from 1957 as an adjunct professor at the Technical University of Stuttgart; she wrote numerous studies a.o. to Thomas Mann and Rainer Maria Rilke .

Especially their literary theoretical investigation The Logic of Literature (1957, filed under the title The logical system of the seal ), with which it is at the Technical University of Stuttgart (today University of Stuttgart) for general literature habilitation , establishes its international standing within the literature ( see also: Epic past tense ). Together with Eberhard Lämmert and Franz Karl Stanzel , Käte Hamburger accelerated the methodological reorientation of German German studies in the 1950s in the direction of a rational and analytical methodology.

Appreciation and aftermath

Street sign Käte-Hamburger-Weg in Goettingen

The university town of Göttingen honored Käte Hamburger by naming a street on the central campus . In the Käte-Hamburger-Weg there is, among other things, the seminar for German Philology of the university. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched a funding program for the humanities under the title Käte Hamburger Kollegs . The University of Stuttgart honors outstanding bachelor theses in German literature with the Käte Hamburger Prize . One of the event rooms in the Hospitalhof Stuttgart bears her name.

Works (selection)

  • Thomas Mann and the Romanticism: A problem-historical study (= new research. Work on the intellectual history of the German. And Roman. Völker, Volume 15), Berlin: Junker and Dünnhaupt 1932.
  • Thomas Mann's biblical work. The Joseph novel. The Moses story * The Law *. Frankfurt a. M., Fischer, 1984.
  • Leo Tolstoy. Shape and problem. Bern 1950; 2nd edition Göttingen 1963 (= Kleine Vandenhoeck series 159/160/161)
  • The logic of poetry. 4th edition, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-608-91681-4 .
  • Truth and aesthetic truth. Ibid., 1979, ISBN 3-12-933230-8 .
  • Pity. Ibid., 1985, ISBN 3-608-91392-0 , ISBN 3-518-01898-1 .
  • Heine and Judaism. Lecture given in Stuttgart on March 18, 1982 at the Württemberg Library Society, ibid., 1982
  • Together with Helmut Kreuzer : Design history and social history. Literature, art and musicological studies. Festschrift for Fritz Martini . Metzler, Stuttgart 1969, ISBN 978-3-476-00089-7 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. See UA Stuttgart, Faculty of Natural and Human Sciences, 54/58. Quoted from Julia Mansour: “Gauntlet of the critical spirit of friendship.” The controversies surrounding Käte Hamburger's “The Logic of Poetry”. In: Controversies in literary theory / literary theory in the controversy. Edited by Ralf Klausnitzer and Carlos Spoerhase (= publications on the journal for German studies. New volume 19, Peter Lang, Bern and others 2007), 236.
  2. ^ Elisabeth Walther: On the 70th birthday of Käte Hamburger. In: Bulletin of the German Association of Women Academics No. 31, Dec. 1966, p. 11.
  3. Announcement of the BMBF [1]
  4. Press release of the NDL of the University of Stuttgart 2014 ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Event rooms | Hospitalhof Stuttgart. Retrieved October 13, 2020 .