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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...
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...
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...
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.
Ethics through Twentieth-Century German Literature, Thought, and Film
Blumenthal-Barby reads theoretical, literary and cinematic works that appear noteworthy for the ethical questions they raise.
The Topography of Modernity
Karl Philipp Moritz and the Space of Autonomy
Elliott Schreiber explores Karl Philipp Moritz's many contributions to the intellectual evolution of the Enlightenment and positions the German thinker as an incisive early observer and theorist of modernity.
Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman
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.
Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images
Christopher D. Johnson traces several thematic sequences in the panels of Aby Warburg's encyclopedic Mnemosyne (Atlas of Images), begun in earnest in 1927, and left unfinished at the time of Warburg's death in 1929.
The Total Work of Art in European Modernism
Situating the Gesamtkunstwerk at the heart of European modernism.
Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque
Recovering Walter Benjamin's connection to seventeenth-century Baroque literature and political theory.