Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder

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Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder

Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (13 July 1773 – 13 February 1798) was a German jurist and writer. With Ludwig Tieck, he was a co-founder of German Romanticism.


Wackenroder was born in Berlin. He was a close friend of Tieck from youth until his early death. They collaborated on virtually everything they wrote in this period. Wackenroder probably made substantial contributions to Tieck's novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen (Franz Sternbald’s Wanderings, 1798), and Tieck to Wackenroder's influential collection of essays, Herzensergießungen eines kunstliebenden Klosterbruders (Outpourings of an Art-Loving Friar, 1797). Outpourings is a tribute to Renaissance and medieval literature and art, attributing to them a sense of emotion Wackenroder and Tieck felt was missing in German Enlightenment thought. It was also the first work to claim for Northern Renaissance art a status equivalent to that of the Italian Renaissance, at least in the case of Albrecht Dürer.[1] The Outpourings have been accorded a status in Germany akin to that of Lyrical Ballads in England, i.e. as the first work of the Romantic movement.[2]

Wackenroder died in Berlin in 1798 at the age of 24 of a case of typhoid fever.


  1. Keith Moxey, “Motivating History,” Art Bulletin 77, no. 3 (September 1995), pp. 393–394.
  2. Koerner, Joseph. Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape, pp. 55-56


  • Robson-Scott, William Douglas. "Wackenroder and the Middle Ages." Modern Language Review 50.2 (1955): 156-167. online
  • Scher, Steven Paul. "Temporality and Mediation: WH Wackenroder and ETA Hoffmann as Literary Historicists of Music." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 75.4 (1976): 492-502. online
  • Spencer, Tom. "Revelation and Art Religion in WH Wackenroder and Ludwig Tieck." Monthly issues 107.1 (2015): 26-45. doi: 10.3368/m.107.1.26
  • Kertz-Welzel, Alexandra. Die Transzendenz der Gefühle. Beziehungen zwischen Musik und Gefühl bei Wackenroder/Tieck und die Musikästhetik der Romantik. Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Literaturwissenschaft, no. 71. Ph.D. Dissertation (Saarbrücken, Germany: Universität des Saarlandes, 2000). St. Ingbert, Germany: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2001. ISBN 3-86110-278-1.

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