Flight of Fantasy: New Perspectives on Inner Emigration in German Literature, 1933-1945

Flight of Fantasy: New Perspectives on Inner Emigration in German Literature, 1933-1945

by Neil H. Donahue
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571810013

ISBN-13: 9781571810014

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

During the Nazi era many German writers chose, or were forced into, exile. Many others stayed and, after the end of this period, claimed to have retreated into "Inner Emigration". The nature of this kind of emigration and the underlying motives of these writers have been hotly debated to this day. Though the reception of Inner Emigration has often been

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During the Nazi era many German writers chose, or were forced into, exile. Many others stayed and, after the end of this period, claimed to have retreated into "Inner Emigration". The nature of this kind of emigration and the underlying motives of these writers have been hotly debated to this day. Though the reception of Inner Emigration has often been confounded by disputes over the term itself, the issue is ultimately not a matter of nomenclature, but of more far-reaching issues of literary evaluation, moral discernment and the writing of history. This volume presents, for the first time, to an English-speaking readership the complexity of Inner Emigration through the analysis of problematic individual cases of writers who, under constant pressure from a watchful dictatorship to conform and to collaborate, were caught between conscience and compromise.

Neil H. Donahue is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Hofstra University. Doris Kirchner is Associate Professor of German at the University of Rhode Island.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571810014
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
62.50(w) x 90.00(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: "Coming to Terms" with the German Past1
1Inner Emigration: The Term and Its Origins in Postwar Debates11
2In the Thicket of Inner Emigration27
3The Young Generation's Non-National Socialist Literature during the Third Reich46
4Culture as Simulation: The Third Reich and Postmodernity82
5Targeting the Reader, Entering History: A New Epitaph for the Inner Emigration113
6Absences of Time and History: Poetry of Inner Emigration131
7Depictions of the State in Works of the Inner Emigration152
8The Limits on Literary Life in the Third Reich168
9Opposition or Opportunism? Gunter Eich's Status as Inner Emigrant176
10Conservative Opposition: Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's Antifascist Novel Bockelson: A History of Mass Hysteria188
11Luise Rinser's Escape into Inner Emigration199
12Survival without Compromise? Reconfiguring the Past in the Works of Hans Werner Richter and Alfred Andersch211
13Exile honoris causa: The Image of Erich Kastner among Writers in Exile223
14Gunther Weissenborn's Ballad of His Life235
15Between Apocalypse and Arcadia: Horst Lange's Visionary Imagination during the Third Reich248
16"I mounted resistance, though I hid the fact": Versions of Wolfgang Koeppen's Early Biography258
17Elisabeth Langgasser and the Question of Inner Emigration269
18The Unsettling History of German Historians in the Third Reich277
19State of the Art as Art of the Nazi State: The Limits of Cinematic Resistance292
Selected Bibliography305
Index309

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