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A New History of German Literature

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The revolutionary spirit that animates the culture of the Germans has been alive for at least twelve centuries, far longer than the dramatically fragmented and reshaped political entity known as Germany. German culture has been central to Europe, and it has contributed the transforming spirit of Lutheran religion, the technology of printing as a medium of democracy, the soulfulness of Romantic philosophy, the structure of higher education, and the tradition of liberal socialism to the essential character of modern American life.

In this book leading scholars and critics capture the spirit of this culture in some 200 original essays on events in German literary history. Rather than offering a single continuous narrative, the entries focus on a particular literary work, an event in the life of an author, a historical moment, a piece of music, a technological invention, even a theatrical or cinematic premiere. Together they give the reader a surprisingly unified sense of what it is that has allowed Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Luther, Kant, Goethe, Beethoven, Benjamin, Wittgenstein, Jelinek, and Sebald to provoke and enchant their readers. From the earliest magical charms and mythical sagas to the brilliance and desolation of 20th-century fiction, poetry, and film, this illuminating reference book invites readers to experience the full range of German literary culture and to investigate for themselves its disparate and unifying themes.

Contributors include: Amy M. Hollywood on medieval women mystics, Jan-Dirk Müller on Gutenberg, Marion Aptroot on the Yiddish Renaissance, Emery Snyder on the Baroque novel, J. B. Schneewind on Natural Law, Maria Tatar on the Grimm brothers, Arthur Danto on Hegel, Reinhold Brinkmann on Schubert, Anthony Grafton on Burckhardt, Stanley Corngold on Freud, Andreas Huyssen on Rilke, Greil Marcus on Dada, Eric Rentschler on Nazi cinema, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on Hannah Arendt, Gordon A. Craig on Günter Grass, Edward Dimendberg on Holocaust memorials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674015036
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/15/2005
Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library , #13
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1032
Sales rank: 890,198
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David E. Wellbery is LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, University of Chicago.

Judith Ryan is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.

Anton Kaes is Chancellor Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dorothea von Muecke is Professor of German Literature at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

David E. Wellbery

The Charm of Charms
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Circa 800
The Carolingian Renaissance
Karl Maurer

Circa 830
Heroic or Vernacular Poetry?
Theodore M. Andersson

847, October
A Vernacular Gospel Harmony
Wolfgang Haubrichs

Old Norse Literature
Carol J. Clover

1027, August
Monastic Scriptoria
Stephan Müller

The Mystical Exposition of a City
Anselm Haverkamp

A Cosmological Vision
Amy M. Hollywood

Anthropology of the Crusades
Udo Friedrich

1157, March 22-31
Imperial Spin Control
Sean Ward

Circa 1170
Phantom Ladies
Eckehard Simon

1172, January
Religious Devotion and Courtly Display
Dieter Kartschoke

Circa 1175-1195
The Archpoet and Goliard Poetry
Sean Ward

A Satire of Courtly Literature
Helmut Puff

1184, Whitsuntide
The Courtly Festival
Horst Wenzel

Hartmann's Poetry
Thomas Bein

Circa 1200
Contagious Violence
Jan-Dirk Müller

Post 1200
A Literary Language?
Orrin W. Robinson

1203, Summer
Salvation through Fiction
James A. Schultz

1203, November 12
Singer of Himself
Peter Gilgen

Circa 1210
Love Exalted
C. Stephen Jaeger

Circa 1230
The Dual Economy of Medieval Life
Peter Strohschneider

World History as Legitimation
Gert Melville

Circa 1260
Spiritual Drama in an Urban Setting
Johannes Janota

Circa 1265
A Vision of Flowing Light
Amy M. Hollywood

1275, January 16
Truth and Fiction
Thomas Bein

Poetry, Teaching, and Experience
Max Grosse

1329, March 27
Mysticism and Scholastic Theology
Rochelle Tobias

Acknowledging the Divine
Niklaus Largier

The Emperor and the Poet
Jeffrey T. Schnapp

The Emergence of Yiddish Literature
Marion Aptroot

Circa 1400
The Culture of the Book
Tracy Adams and Stephen G. Nichols

Circa 1401
A Dialogue with Death
Christian Kiening

The Beginning of Modern Thinking
Joachim Küpper

1442, May
Poetic Transformations of the Self
Wernfried Hofmeister

Circa 1450
Eckehard Simon

An Information Revolution
Jan-Dirk Müller

Fortunatus Maps the World and Himself
Debra Prager

1492, November 7
The Ship of Fools
Helmut Puff

A Philosophical Rascal?
Paul Oppenheimer

A New Science of Beauty
Doris Mc Gonagill

1515, Ash Wednesday
A Cobbler-Poet Becomes a Master Author
Marisa Galvez

The Mysteries of the Kabbalah and the Theology of Obscure Men
Anthony Grafton

Martin Luther and the Whole Man
Lisa Freinkel

Luther's Bible and the Emergence of Standard German
Orrin W. Robinson

The Image of the Word
Joseph Leo Koerner

Make Poetry, Not War
Jan Ziolkowski

A German Mamluk in Colonial Brazil?
Luciana Villas Bôas

Ethical Utopianism and Stylistic Excess
Niklaus Largierand Karen Feldman

Highlight of the Yiddish Renaissance
Marion Aptroot

1596, December 18
To Explore the Secrets of Heaven and Earth
Dorothea E. von Mücke

Signatures of Divinity
Michel Chaouli

Jesuit Theater and the Blindness of Self-Knowledge
Christopher J. Wild

Conversation, Poetic Form, and the State
Rüdiger Campe

Sense and Intellect
Richard E. Schade

The Dramaturgy of Travel
Elio Brancaforte

Anatomy and Theology, Vanity and Redemption
Christopher J. Wild

Poems as Way-Signs
Emery Snyder

Learning and News in the Baroque
Emery Snyder

1666, February
"Commit your way to the Lord"
Dorothea E. von Mücke

Hermaphroditism and the Battle of the Sexes
Klaus Haberkamm

"The Entirety of Scripture Is within Us"
Dorothea E.von Mücke

Natural Law
J. B. Schneewind

The Baroque Novel and the Romance Tradition
Emery Snyder

Life's Balance Sheet
Jeremy Dauber

"The Case of God Defended"
Haun Saussy

A Scientist and Poet
Helmut Müller-Sievers

Aesthetic Orientation in a Decentered World
Jochen Schulte-Sasse

Reading for Feeling
Klaus Weimar

Questioning the Enlightenment
Carol Jacobs

1765, February 8
"Educating Paper Girls" and Regulating Private Life
Chris Cullens

A Woman's Design on Soldiers' Fortune
Helmut J. Schneider

1768, June 8
Becoming Greek
Suzanne L. Marchand

1773, July 2
Wieland's Cosmopolitan Classicism
Walter Hinderer

1774, January-March
Pathologies of Literature
David E. Wellbery

Taking Individualism at Face Value
Fritz Gutbrodt

1778, February
The Confusions of Genre
Andreas Huyssen

1781, 1810
From Enlightenment Universalism to Romantic Individuality
James A. Steintrager

Anton Reiser, Case History, and the Emergence of Empirical Psychology
Andreas Gailus

1784, October 12
The Universal and the Particular
Hansjakob Werlen

1785, August
The Limits of Enlightenment
Frederick Beiser

1786, September 3
Self-Censorship and Priapic Inspiration
Hans Rudolf Vaget

A Snapshot of Civil Society
Isabel V. Hull

1789, June 2
The Disciplines of Attention
Lorraine Daston

The Experience of Freedom
Paul Guyer

1791, September 30
Beyond Language
Karol Berger

Identity and Community

1792, August 26
An Aesthetic Revolution
Klaus L. Berghahn

1796, April
The "German" Shakespeare
Michael Eskin

1796, 10 June
An Alien Fallen from the Moon
Paul Fleming

A New Program for the Aesthetic Education of Mankind?
Eckart Förster

1799, June
Holistic Vision and Colonial Critique
Luiz Costa Lima

Intimations of Mortality
Michel Chaouli

1800, January
The Emergence of Literary History and Criticism
Bianca Theisen

The Night of Imagination
Elizabeth Bronfen

1804, May 18
The Subject and Object of Mythology
Kelly Barry

1805, Summer
Homer between Poets and Philologists
Glenn W. Most

Die Hermannsschlachtand the Concept of Guerrilla Warfare
Wolf Kittler

Poetic Revolution
Rainer Nägele

Folklore and Cultural Identity
Maria Tatar

The Occult, the Fantastic, and the Limits of Rationality
Dorothea E.von Mücke

1824, October 2
Heine's Versatility
Susan Bernstein

1826, November 30
Art between Muse and Marketplace
Cordula Grewe

1828, Winter
Hegel's End-of-Art Thesis
Arthur C. Danto

1828, November
Schubert's Political Landscape
Reinhold Brinkmann

1831, July 21
Faust and the Dialectic of Modernity
David E. Wellbery

Writing between Genres and Discourses
Barbara Hahn

Viennese Biedermeier
Hinrich C. Seeba

The Guillotine as Hero
Harro Müller

1835, December 10
Emancipation and Critique
Peter Uwe Hohendahl

1837, August 4
Crimes of Probability
Anette Schwarz

1848, February
The Reinvention of a Genre
Hans Martin Puchner

1848, September 12
Marginality and Melancholia
Chris Cullens

1848, October 11
Tales of a Collector
Eva Geulen

Aesthetic Salvation
David E. Wellbery

German-American Literary Relations
Werner Sollors

A Model for Cultural History
Anthony Grafton

1865, Summer
Unruly Children
Anthony Krupp

Intimations of Mortality
Kenneth S. Calhoon

1876, August 17
Wanting Art
David J. Levin

1882, August 26
Nietzsche and Modernity
Robert B. Pippin

1888, June
Germany's Heart of Darkness
Judith Ryan

Apparitions of Time
Kenneth S. Calhoon

Stefan George and Symbolism
Robert E. Norton

1899, August 6
The Dream as Symbolic Form
Stanley Corngold

1902, October 18-19
The Limits of Language
Reingard Nethersole

Eroticism and the Femme Fatale
Maria Tatar

An Alpine Vegetarian Utopia
Peter Wollen

1910, January 27
Urban Experience and the Modernist Dream of a New Language
Andreas Huyssen

1911, January 25
The Agency of the Past
Thomas S. Grey

1912, March
Provocation and Parataxis
Mark W. Roche

1912, June
The Lasciviousness of Ruin
Clayton Koelb

1912, July-October
An Optics of Fragmentation
Charles W. Haxthausen

1912, September
Kafka's Narrative Breakthrough
Judith Ryan

1913, October
The New Thinking
Eric L. Santner

1914, July
Ecstatic Release from Personality
Stanley Corngold

1916, February 5
"The Jingling Carnival Goes Right Out Into the Street"
Greil Marcus

1918, November
War and the Press
Leo A. Lensing

1921, April
Cinema and Expressionism
Anton Kaes

1922, February
Modernism and Mourning
Judith Ryan

1922, July 23
Lion Feuchtwanger's Jud Süss
Mark M. Anderson

1923, Spring
Photography, Typography, and the Modernization of Reading
Brigid Doherty

1924, October
Modernism and Hysteria
Elisabeth Bronfen

The Limits of Historicism
Hans Sluga

1927, March
The Task of the Flâneur
John T. Hamilton

1927, June
The Lesson of the Magic Theater
Janet Ward

1928, August 31
The Urform of Opera
Stephen Hinton

1929, October
Narration and the City
David Dollenmayer

1929, Autumn
A Modernist Thought-Experiment
Burton Pike

1931, January
Irmgard Keun and the "New Woman"
Barbara Kosta

Politics, Technology, and History
Hans Sluga

1935, March
Hitler's Imagined Community
Eric Rentschler

1936, February 27
The Machine Takes Command
Lindsay Waters

1936, May 1
Germans Reading Hitler
Peter Fritzsche

1937, June 30
Spectacle of Denigration
Peter Nisbet

1939, September
The Problem of "Inner Emigration"
Elliot Y. Neaman

1940, Summer
Crisis and Transition
Gertraud Gutzmann

1942-43, Winter
Origins of Totalitarianism
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

1943, May 23
A Musical Prefiguration of History
Hans Rudolf Vaget

1946, April
Guilt and Atonement
Robert C. Holub

Intellectuals under Hitler
Karlheinz Barck

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Andrew Hewitt

History, Evidence, Gesture
Rainer Nägele

1949, October 7
Socialist Realism as Heroic Antifascism
Julia Hell

1952, Spring
Making History Visible
Jennifer M. Kapczynski

1952, Autumn
Poetry after Auschwitz
Stéphane Moses

1953, March 26
Coming to Terms with the Past
Bernhard Siegert

1953, April
A Ladder Turns into a Fly-bottle
James Conant

Politics and Literature
Gordon A. Craig

1962, February
From a Tragedy of Physics to a Physics of Tragedy
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Love as Fascism
Mark M. Anderson

1964, April 29
Dramaturgies of Liberation
Rob Burns

1967, June 2
Transformations of the Literary Institution
David Roberts

1968, August 21
Utopian Hopes and Traces of the Past
Julia Hell

1976, November
The Politics of Poetry
David Bathrick

1977, October
Intellectuals and the Failed Revolution
Arlene A. Teraoka

Migrants and Muses
Leslie A. Adelson

The Enigma of Arrival
David Roberts

1981, December 10
The Homecoming of a "Good European"
Maria Louise Ascher

Critique of Violence
Beatrice Hanssen

1983, October 5-25
Anniversaries and the Revival of Storytelling
Jochen Hörisch

1984, September
Homeland and Holocaust
Eric Rentschler

1986, Summer
Democracy and Discourse
Robert C. Holub

1989, February
Remembrance as Provocation
Bianca Theisen

1989, November 9
A Republic of Voids
Edward Dimendberg

The Skull beneath the Skin
Judith Ryan

Spectaclesof Multiculturalism
Deniz Göktürk

2001, December 15
Gray Zones of Remembrance
Andreas Huyssen



What People are Saying About This

Steven Ozment

Harvard's New History of German Literature is an encyclopedic browser of incomparable quality for Germanophiles and Germanophobes alike. In a series of brief, penetrating essays, it retells thirteen centuries of German history through a broad spectrum of literature by both obscure and famous authors. For modern readers ready to tackle the riddle of modern Germany with real hope of solving it, here is the guide.
Steven Ozment, author of A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People and The Bürgermeister's Daughter

Michael Krüger

How German is German literature? The New History gives us a fresh and unconventional picture of the main figures and movements of a literature which remained in the church and cloister longer than Italian, French, and English literature, and became revolutionary in the middle of the 18th century. It is very encouraging that in a period of isolationism of culture and society such an ambitious project is possible.
Michael Krüger, author of The Cello Player

Amos Elon

An enticing and authoritative review of German literature from its most splendid high points to a most horrible nadir and its aftermath. This book well documents how -- in a remarkable post-war process of moral regeneration -- German literature struggles to come to terms with what happened.
Amos Elon, author of The Pity of It All

Alberto Manguel

This New History of German Literature is simply the best overview of the subject available to the English-speaking reader. Selecting as its stepping-stones not a canon of biographies or a mere literary chronology but key dates chosen with intelligence and originality, it covers a dozen centuries of writings in German, from some of the earliest babblings in the language (the charms of Fulda) to the last accomplished works of a modern classic (W. G. Sebald). Erudite, quirky, vastly informative and hugely entertaining, it makes one wish for a bevy of forthcoming companion volumes.
Alberto Manguel, author of Stevenson under the Palm Trees

J M Coetzee

The essays making up this new history of the literary and philosophical culture of the people of the German lands (and of Germans abroad) are of an unfailingly high standard. Many are noteworthy contributions to scholarship and criticism. The ingenious plan of the book permits a variety of style and approach, while strong editing has resulted in exemplary clarity and pithiness of expression. Well conceived, eclectic, lively, and informative, this New History gives us a model overview of what German literature and thought looks like from the twenty-first century.
J M Coetzee, author of Elizabeth Costello and Doubling the Point

Saul Friedlander

The range spanned by the essays included in this volume is unusual, both in mere chronological terms and thanks to the diversity of approaches chosen by the authors; the best of scholarship has been made easily accessible even to the non-specialized reader by the contributors themselves and the highly innovative presentation of their texts. This volume is a brilliant achievement.
Saul Friedlander, author of Nazi Germany and the Jews and Probing the Limits of Representation

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