Collection : Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought

Series editor: Peter Uwe Hohendahl, Cornell University

Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought provides a new publishing model for the best new English-language book manuscripts in German literature, criticism, and cultural studies and translations of important German-language works.

Signale construes "modern" in the broadest terms: from post-medieval Frühe Neuzeit to post-modern present. Home to a range of interdisciplinary and theoretical work concerned with this extended modernity, the series will also build focus clusters in areas of German Studies scholarship that have become increasingly difficult to place in the North American publishing context, but which remain fundamental to the health of the discipline. Work on the early modern period – Humanism, Baroque, Enlightenment – will form one such focus area; literary studies of the work of individual authors will be another. One goal is better integration into a broader interdisciplinary understanding of German studies of periods and scholarly genres that are vulnerable to marginalization.

Signale books are published under a joint imprint of Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library in electronic and print formats. Manuscript submissions to Signale undergo the same rigorous editorial and peer review as Cornell University Press monographs published in the traditional manner. Publication of Signale books is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Individuals interested in having their project considered for inclusion in Signale are asked to send a cover letter and a 3- to 5-page prospectus that summarizes the book project, describes its relationship to existing scholarship, and identifies its likely audience. The prospectus should include a chapter outline and specify the length of the manuscript (in words); if the manuscript is not yet completed, a time frame for completion should be included. The letter and prospectus should be sent in electronic form (MS Word) to the managing editor:

Kizer Walker
Managing Editor, Signale Series
Cornell University Library
310 Uris Library
Ithaca, NY 14853
email: kw33@cornell.edu

For more information about Signale, visit the series website: http://signale.cornell.edu/

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Competing Germanies
Nazi, Antifascist, and Jewish Theater in German Argentina, 1933–1965
Robert Kelz



Precarious Times
Temporality and History in Modern German Culture
Anne Fuchs



No Spiritual Investment in the World
Gnosticism and Postwar German Philosophy
Willem Styfhals
Throughout the twentieth century, German writers, philosophers, theologians, and historians turned to Gnosticism to make sense of the modern condition. While some saw this ancient Christian heresy as a way to rethink modernity, most German intellectuals questioned Gnosticism's return in a contemporary setting. In No Spiritual Investment in the...



Persistence of Folly
On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature
Joel B. Lande
Joel B. Lande’s Persistence of Folly challenges the accepted account of the origins of German theater by focusing on the misunderstood figure of the fool, whose spontaneous and impish jest captivated audiences, critics, and playwrights from the late sixteenth through the early nineteenth century. Lande radically expands the scope of literary...



The Chain of Things
Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850–1940
Eric Downing
In The Chain of Things, Eric Downing shows how the connection between divinatory magic and reading shaped the experience of reading and aesthetics among nineteenth-century realists and modernist thinkers. He explores how writers, artists, and critics such as Gottfried Keller, Theodor Fontane, and Walter Benjamin drew on the ancient practice of...



Sexual Politics and Feminist Science
Women Sexologists in Germany, 1900–1933
Kirsten Leng
In Sexual Politics and Feminist Science, Kirsten Leng restores the work of female sexologists to the forefront of the history of sexology. While male researchers who led the practice of early-twentieth-century sexology viewed women and their sexuality as objects to be studied, not as collaborators in scientific investigation, Leng pinpoints...



Repentance for the Holocaust
Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past
C. K. Martin Chung
In Repentance for the Holocaust, C. K. Martin Chung develops the biblical idea of "turning" (tshuvah) into a conceptual framework to analyze a particular area of contemporary German history, commonly referred to as Vergangenheitsbewältigung or "coming to terms with the...



Counterpreservation
Architectural Decay in Berlin since 1989
Daniela Sandler
In Berlin, decrepit structures do not always denote urban blight. Decayed buildings are incorporated into everyday life as residences, exhibition spaces, shops, offices, and as leisure space. In this book, Daniela Sandler introduces the concept of counterpreservation as a way to understand this intentional appropriation of...



Mixed Feelings
Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture
Katja Garloff
In Mixed Feelings, Katja Garloff asks what it means for literature (and philosophy) to use love between individuals as a metaphor for group...



Lyric Orientations
Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community
Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge
In Lyric Orientations, Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge explores the power of lyric poetry to stir the social and emotional lives of human beings in the face of the ineffable nature of our mortality. She focuses on two German-speaking masters of lyric prose and poetry: Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843) and Rainer Maria Rilke...



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