New History of German Literature

ISBN-10: 0674015037
ISBN-13: 9780674015036
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1056
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.696

The revolutionary spirit that animates the culture of the Germans has been alive for at least twelve centuries, far longer than the dramatically fragmented and reshaped political entity known as Germany. German culture has been central to Europe, and it has contributed the transforming spirit of Lutheran religion, the technology of printing as a medium of democracy, the soulfulness of Romantic philosophy, the structure of higher education, and the tradition of liberal socialism to the essential character of modern American life. In this book leading scholars and critics capture the spirit of this culture in some 200 original essays on events in German literary history. Rather than offering a single continuous narrative, the entries focus on a particular literary work, an event in the life of an author, a historical moment, a piece of music, a technological invention, even a theatrical or cinematic premiere. Together they give the reader a surprisingly unified sense of what it is that has allowed Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Luther, Kant, Goethe, Beethoven, Benjamin, Wittgenstein, Jelinek, and Sebald to provoke and enchant their readers. From the earliest magical charms and mythical sagas to the brilliance and desolation of 20th-century fiction, poetry, and film, this illuminating reference book invites readers to experience the full range of German literary culture and to investigate for themselves its disparate and unifying themes. Contributors include: Amy M. Hollywood on medieval women mystics, Jan-Dirk Muuml;ller on Gutenberg, Marion Aptroot on the Yiddish Renaissance, Emery Snyder on the Baroque novel, J. B. Schneewind on Natural Law, Maria Tatar on the Grimm brothers, Arthur Danto on Hegel, Reinhold Brinkmann on Schubert, Anthony Grafton on Burckhardt, Stanley Corngold on Freud, Andreas Huyssen on Rilke, Greil Marcus on Dada, Eric Rentschler on Nazi cinema, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on Hannah Arendt, Gordon A. Craig on Guuml;nter Grass, Edward Dimendberg on Holocaust memorials.

David E. Wellbery is LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, University of Chicago.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.

Anton Kaes is Chancellor Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Introduction
The Charm of Charms
The Carolingian Renaissance
Heroic or Vernacular Poetry?
A Vernacular Gospel Harmony
Old Norse Literature
Monastic Scriptoria
The Mystical Exposition of a City
A Cosmological Vision
Anthropology of the Crusades
Imperial Spin Control Sean
Phantom Ladies
Religious Devotion and Courtly Display Dieter
The Archpoet and Goliard Poetry
A Satire of Courtly Literature
The Courtly Festival
Hartmann's Poetry
Contagious Violence
A Literary Language?
Salvation through Fiction
12 Singer of Himself
Love Exalted
The Dual Economy of Medieval Life
World History as Legitimation
Spiritual Drama in an Urban Setting
A Vision of Flowing Light
Truth and Fiction
Poetry, Teaching, and Experience
Mysticism and Scholastic Theology
Acknowledging the Divine
The Emperor and the Poet
The Emergence of Yiddish Literature
The Culture of the Book
A Dialogue with Death
The Beginning of Modern Thinking
Poetic Transformations of the Self
Fastnachtsspiele
An Information Revolution
Fortunatus Maps the World and Himself
The Ship of Fools
A Philosophical Rascal?
A New Science of Beauty
A Cobbler-Poet Becomes a Master Author
The Mysteries of the Kabbalah and the Theology of Obscu

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