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

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300055580
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 6.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What Is War Literature and Why Does It Merit Study? 11
2 Establishing the Paradigm: Censorship, Frontgeist, and Walter Bloem's Kriegspressestelle 35
3 The Use and Abuse of Feldpostbriefe for Cultural Life 78
4 Literature at War: Literature for the Warrior, 1914-1918 122
5 Publishing the War: Cotta and the "Spirit of 1914" 174
6 "Nevertheless!": Long Live War! 187
Conclusion 203
Notes 209
Works Cited 251
Index 269
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