Institute of Germanic Studies Publications

Edited by Andreas Kramer and Ritchie Robertson
December 1, 2018
Historical research has dispelled a number of myths surrounding Word War I: whereas the outbreak of war was greeted by the urban middle classes with frenzied enthusiasm, in working-class areas and smaller towns the mood was more of foreboding. Little attention has so far been paid to those who opposed the war and its underlying culture of militarism, though opposition to war and militarism has a distinguished German pedigree. This volume explores opposition to war and militarism among a range of German-language authors in a period roughly defined by two international bestsellers: Suttner’s 'Die Waffen nieder' (1889) and Remarque’s 'Im Westen nichts Neues' (1928). Major figures (Kraus, Schnitzler, Zweig) have not lacked...
Edited by Heide Kunzelmann and Anne Simon
May 16, 2016
Windows - those thinner patches in the external skins of buildings that function as both barrier and channel between the individual and the outside world. They structure the facades of buildings and hence our everyday environment. They display articles of desire, technological progress and economic growth and so reveal new departures in style, aspiration and attitudes to the individual. Through the built environment in which we live, windows even function as building blocks of our personal identity. This volume illustrates how an item so central to our everyday life comes to govern aesthetic discourses concerned with openness and knowledge. It also identifies how, in the German cultural context, the literature, art and architecture of...
Edited by Charlotte Woodford and Godela Weiss-Sussex
January 17, 2015
Around 1900, progressive responses to the bourgeois conservatism of the nineteenth century coexist with anti-modern capitalism and industrialization. Both give rise to protests against the status quo and generate a plethora of demands for cultural and social reform, in which elements of 'radicalism' and 'traditionalism' are often hard to separate. Exploring the concepts of modernity championed in the modernist avant-garde as well as in less formally experimental guises, the essays collected here provide insights into the artistic expressions of protest discourses of the era and into the imaginative constructions of alternative social worlds. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from the programmatic visions of artists' colonies to...
Edited by Anne Simon and Katie Fleming
August 1, 2013
This volume, based on a series of lectures co-organised by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies in 2011 und 2012, examines the enduring relevance of Classical material, its openness to multi-layered readings and its use to express contemporary concerns, in other words, its re-presentation, or making present, in German literature. The essays in this volume, which range from the Middle Ages to the present and deal with genres as diverse as poetry and comic books, epigrams and novels, signal that one reason for the enduring relevance of Classical myth lies in its fluidity: its canonicity lends authority but is supple enough to allow adaptation to forms that speak most potently to a given age...
Edited by Jochen Hung and Godela Weiss-Sussex
July 1, 2012
The Weimar Republic has received more attention in academic research and popular culture than almost any other period in German history. Nevertheless, its prevailing historical image remains surprisingly simplistic: it is often seen as an era of accelerated cultural progress on the one hand and extreme political unrest, social upheaval and economic crisis on the other, a view epitomized in the ubiquitous image of the ‘dance on the volcano’. This volume aims to move the discussion beyond this limited dichotomy. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from Weimar’s legal framework to musical theatre, challenging hitherto accepted views in their respective fields. Despite their thematic range and differences in approach, the contributions...
Edited by Martin Liebscher, Christophe Fricker, and Robert von Dassanowsky
June 1, 2011
This volume presents a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary re-evaluation of Hofmannsthal's most successful play and, more widely, on his contribution to literary modernity and its aftermath . Der Schwierige marks Hofmannsthal's attempt to depict and overcome the language crisis he himself recognized in the 'Letter' to Lord Chandos. Written between 1909 and 1920, the play reflects Hofmannsthal's experience of the atrocities of war, unnameable but constantly present behind the chatter in the Viennese salons. The volume looks at the relationship between poetological and poetic texts, and sheds new light on the position of Der Schwierige in Hofmannsthal's work. Contributions address central motifs of the play (community, identity, gender) as...
Edited by Joyce Crick, Martin Liebscher, and Martin Swales
January 1, 2010
Derived from a symposium at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies in Michael Hamburger’s memory, this volume explores his poetry and creative prose, his translations, the ‘person’ and his world. His scholarly writing was one element in his work, his jargon-free criticism retaining an undiminished urgency, freshness and vital literacy. His poetry ranges itself against the tracks and mechanisms of monstrous order, and seeks to mark out a territory where some kind of value can be disclosed, both within and beyond the poetry. As a translator, Hamburger asks the reader to hear between the lines of English poetry the German text, the text that stretches the length and changes the rhythm of the English sentence....
Edited by Steffan Davies and Ernest Schonfield
December 30, 2009
Döblin's texts, which range widely across contemporary discourses, are paradigms of the encounter between literary and scientific modernity. With their use of 'Tatsachenphantasie', they explode conventional language, seeking a new connection with the world of objects and things. This volume reassesses and re-evaluates the uniquely interdisciplinary quality of Döblin's interdiscursive, factually-inspired poetics by offering challenging new perspectives on key works. The volume analyses not only some of Döblin's best-known novels and stories, but also neglected works including his early medical essays, political journalism and autobiographical texts. Other topics addressed are Döblin's engagement with German history; his...
Edited by Andrea Hammel and Godela Weiss-Sussex
June 11, 2009
This volume explores the relationship between identity - understood not as an essence, but rather a positioning - and the work of German-Jewish women authors. The period 1900-1938 provided them with a wide range of possible self-identifications, both between Jewish tradition (or 'Jewish renaissance') and acculturation, and between a traditional and modern understanding of the position of women. By examining their texts in the historical and literary contexts in which they were written, the analyses in this book reveal traditions and positions that are not necessarily communicated directly by the German-Jewish authors themselves. The volume contributes a major contribution to the understanding of writers who have largely...
Edited by Martin Liebscher, Benedict Schofield, and Godela Weiss-Sussex
May 5, 2009
'Es zerfiel mir alles in Teile, die Teile wieder in Teile, und nichts mehr ließ sich mit einem Begriff umspannen.' This is how Hugo von Hofmannsthal summarizes the crisis of modernity in his Chandos letter. The failure to bind together facts by language is arguably the inability to compare them. Notwithstanding Hofmannsthal's grim verdict, the contributions to this volume clearly reveal the relevance of comparison for literary studies today. The topic of comparison is only one of the many strands running through this collection of essays - the reader will find more links between the individual contributions.

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