Literature at War, 1914-1940: Representing the Time of Greatness in Germany

Literature at War, 1914-1940: Representing the Time of Greatness in Germany

by Wolfgang G. Natter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300055587

ISBN-13: 9780300055580

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this examination of German texts written about the First World War, Wolfgang Natter offers a new understanding of the relationship between culture and warfare. He focuses not only on the literary voices of German authors whose works are found in a library today but also on the wartime agencies, institutions, and individuals that produced and distributed an enormous…  See more details below

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In this examination of German texts written about the First World War, Wolfgang Natter offers a new understanding of the relationship between culture and warfare. He focuses not only on the literary voices of German authors whose works are found in a library today but also on the wartime agencies, institutions, and individuals that produced and distributed an enormous body of books and printed materials during the First World War, the Weimar period, and the years preceding the Second World War. Natter argues that the militarization of literature that occurred between 1914 and 1918 and the ways war events reconfigured literary institutions, aesthetics, and cultural politics help to explain how a military ethos could remain vibrant in a defeated Germany and lay the groundwork for another world war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300055580
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.59(h) x 6.37(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1What Is War Literature and Why Does It Merit Study?11
2Establishing the Paradigm: Censorship, Frontgeist, and Walter Bloem's Kriegspressestelle35
3The Use and Abuse of Feldpostbriefe for Cultural Life78
4Literature at War: Literature for the Warrior, 1914-1918122
5Publishing the War: Cotta and the "Spirit of 1914"174
6"Nevertheless!": Long Live War!187
Conclusion203
Notes209
Works Cited251
Index269

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