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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...
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...
No Spiritual Investment in the World
Gnosticism and Postwar German Philosophy
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.
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.
Paradigms for a Metaphorology
What role do metaphors play in philosophical language? Are they impediments to clear thinking that should be eradicated in the interests of terminological exactness? Or can they be used by philosophers to indicate the attitudes that regulate an...
Persistence of Folly
On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature
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...
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...
Sexual Politics and Feminist Science
Women Sexologists in Germany, 1900–1933
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...
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...