German language literature

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German literature comprises those literary texts written in the German language.

This includes literature written in Germany, Austria, the German part of Switzerland, and to a lesser extent works of the German diaspora.

German literature of the modern period is mostly in Standard German, but there are some currents of literature influenced to a greater or lesser degree by dialects (e.g. Alemannic).

An early flowering of German literature is the Middle High German period of the High Middle Ages. Modern literature in German begins with the authors of the Enlightenment (such as Herder) and reaches its "classical" form at the turn of the 18th century with Weimar Classicism (Goethe and Schiller).

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