Translators as cosmopolitans?

Christina Schäffner

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Modern cosmopolitans are compulsive explorers in search of knowledge of world cultures; their role as translators of different languages enhances cross-cultural understanding. Defined as "world citizen", the cosmopolitan emerges as a habitual city-dweller whose existence coincides with the emergence of the modern metropolis. Whether as Kant's blueprint for "world peace" or Goethe's "world literature", this study of cosmo-politanism introduces profiles of authors and intellectuals whose contribution to German and Austrian literary culture spans the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCosmopolitans in the modern world
Subtitle of host publicationStudies on a theme in German and Austrian literary culture
EditorsSuzanne Kirkbright
Place of PublicationMünich (DE)
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)3-89129-629-0, 978-3-89129-629-5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • cosmopolitans
  • coincides
  • metropolis
  • literary
  • globe


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