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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.
On the Ruins of Babel
Architectural Metaphor in German Thought
Purdy traces the use of architectural reasoning as a method for critically examining consciousness from Kant and Hegel to Benjamin and Libeskind.
The European Novel and the German Book, 1680–1730
Wiggins charts just one of the paths by which newness—in its avatars as fashion, novelties, and the novel—entered the European world in the decades around 1700. As readers across Europe snapped up novels, they domesticated the genre.
Love and Legitimacy in the East German Cultural Imagination
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.