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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Benjamin's Library
Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque
Jane O. Newman
Recovering Walter Benjamin's connection to seventeenth-century Baroque literature and political theory.



Berlin Coquette
Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890–1933
Jill Suzanne Smith
Smith recovers a surprising array of discussions about extramarital sexuality, women's financial autonomy, and respectability in ate Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany.



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...



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 decrepitude.



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...



Form as Revolt
Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art
Sebastian Zeidler
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.



Formative Fictions
Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman
Tobias Boes
Boes argues that the dual status of the Bildungsroman renders this novelistic form an elegant way to negotiate the diverging critical discourses surrounding national and world literature.



Inconceivable Effects
Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film
Martin Blumenthal-Barby
Blumenthal-Barby reads theoretical, literary and cinematic works that appear noteworthy for the ethical questions they raise.



Legal Tender
Love and Legitimacy in the East German Cultural Imagination
John Griffith Urang
Through close readings of a diverse selection of films and novels from the former GDR, Urang offers an eye-opening account of the ideological stakes of love stories in East German culture.



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 (1875–1926).



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