Bernhard Joseph Docen (1782-1828) und sein Beitrag zur frühen Germanistik
The Germanist Bernard Joseph Docen (1782-1828) was curator of the Court and State Library in Munich and achieved particular merit in the classification and publication of old manuscripts and books. Although he was in written and personal contact with well-known scholars, writers and publishers of his age, Docen is largely forgotten today, even among experts in his field.
This book is the first comprehensive biographical and academic study of Docen’s work and also uses newly-discovered archival material to illustrate his contribution to the establishment of German studies as an academic discipline. There is a particular focus on the social factors and methods of communication decisive to the development of the discipline, which account for Docen’s problematic status among well-known founders of German studies such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Karl Lachmann and Friedrich Heinrich von der Hagen, and which characterised the adversities of his life as a researcher. Docen’s many discoveries and contributions to German philology (e.g. on Minnesang and Meistersang, especially on Wolfram von Eschenbach) are examined in the conflicting contexts of their creation and reception. A comprehensive bibliography of Docen’s works completes the study.