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Sexual Politics and Feminist Science
Women Sexologists in Germany, 1900–1933
" Sexual Politics and Feminist Science is a highly original, exceedingly well-researched, historically significant, and beautifully written book."—Dagmar Herzog, Graduate Center, City University of New York"Leng makes important new claims about the...
Repentance for the Holocaust
Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past
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 past.”
The Chain of Things
Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850–1940
Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture
In Mixed Feelings, Katja Garloff asks what it means for literature (and philosophy) to use love between individuals as a metaphor for group relations.
Architectural Decay in Berlin since 1989
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 decrepitude.
Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community
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 (1875–1926).
Form as Revolt
Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art
The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885–1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. In Form as Revolt Sebastian Zeidler recovers Einstein's multifaceted career, offering the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Einstein in English.
Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany
Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust
In this an interdisciplinary study of a diverse set of public speeches given by major literary and cultural figures in the 1950s and 1960s, Sonja Boos demonstrates that these speakers both facilitated and subverted the construction of a public discourse about the Holocaust in postwar West Germany.
Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770–1815
Matt Erlin considers books and the culture around books during this period, focusing specifically on Germany where literature, and the fine arts in general, were the subject of soul-searching debates over the legitimacy of luxury.
Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890–1933
Smith recovers a surprising array of discussions about extramarital sexuality, women's financial autonomy, and respectability in ate Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany.