Rilke, Modernism and Poetic Tradition

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If the rise of modernism is the story of a struggle between the burden of tradition and a desire to break free of it, then Rilke's poetic development is a key example of this tension at work. Taking a sceptical view of Rilke's own myth of himself as a solitary genius, Judith Ryan reveals how deeply his writing is embedded in the culture of its day. She traces his often desperate attempts to grapple with problems of fashion, influence and originality as he shaped his career during the crucial decades in which ...
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Overview

If the rise of modernism is the story of a struggle between the burden of tradition and a desire to break free of it, then Rilke's poetic development is a key example of this tension at work. Taking a sceptical view of Rilke's own myth of himself as a solitary genius, Judith Ryan reveals how deeply his writing is embedded in the culture of its day. She traces his often desperate attempts to grapple with problems of fashion, influence and originality as he shaped his career during the crucial decades in which modernism was born. Her book is the first systematic study of Rilke's trajectory from aestheticism to modernism as seen through the lens of his engagement with poetic tradition and the visual arts.
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"...this solid literary history is recommended for all libraries." Choice

"In the flood of secondary literature on Rilke, an essential book comes along now and then. Because of its general clarity of arguments, its evidence of vast parallel reading (and viewing), the the keeness of its perceptions and arguments, and - best of all- the novelty of its insight, Professor Ryan's entry in the Cambridge Studies in German must be regarded as a major event." George C. Schoolfield, Germanic Notes and Reviews

"...an exemplary piece of scholarly writing...full of fascinating new finds...destined to change the way we think about the poet and his work." Modern Language Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521025119
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in German Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rilke's writing desk 1
1 Fashioning the self 6
2 Arts and crafts 50
3 Writing troubles 98
4 The modernist turn 156
Conclusion: restorative modernism 219
Notes 228
Index of Rilke's works 250
General index 252
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