The Challenge of German Culture: Essays Presented to Wilfried Van der Will

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This collection of essays by leading German scholars from Britain, Germany, and the United States covers German literature, culture, and politics from the Middle Ages to the present day. Literary analysis is combined with approaches derived from sociology and cultural studies; historical assessment of literature and writers is accompanied by close linguistic criticism of texts. Essays on intellectual history, the continuing impact of the Third Reich on literature, parody, the tension between high and low ...

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This collection of essays by leading German scholars from Britain, Germany, and the United States covers German literature, culture, and politics from the Middle Ages to the present day. Literary analysis is combined with approaches derived from sociology and cultural studies; historical assessment of literature and writers is accompanied by close linguistic criticism of texts. Essays on intellectual history, the continuing impact of the Third Reich on literature, parody, the tension between high and low literature, and the special case of cultural production, including fine art, in the former German Democratic Republic are balanced with discussion of the impact of dictatorship and Anglo-Saxon Liberalism on German society, the revival of Jewry since 1945, and the legacy of "1968" on contemporary German Politics. The result is a fascinating, if electic, introduction to the vitality and richness of university German studies on the threshold of the new millennium.

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British, German, and American scholars examine German literature, culture and politics from the Middle Ages through the 18th and 19th centuries to the present. They combine literary analysis, approaches derived from sociology and cultural studies, the historical assessment of literature and writers, and a close linguistic criticism of texts. Among the 18 topics are the continuing impact of the Third Reich on literature, parody, the tension between high and low literature, and the special case of cultural production in the former East Germany. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Michael Butler is Head of Department of German Studies, University of Birmingham. Robert Evans is Lecturer in German Studies, University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Wilfried van der Will
Notes on the Contributors
1 Hadubrand's 'Frageversaumnis' in the Hildebrandslied 1
2 Willehalm and Puzzat, Guillelme and Baucent: The Hero and His Horse in Wolfram's Willehalm and in the Bataille d'Aliscans 13
3 Burger and 'das schwankende Work Volk' 25
4 Moments of Emancipation: The Nineteenth-Century Heroine in German Literature 37
5 'Apollo aber schliesslich die Sprache des Dionysus': Harmony or Hegemony in Die Geburt der Tragodie? 51
6 Ernst Stadler in Oxford: Addenda, Corrigenda and Two Unpublished Letters 59
7 Historicity and All That: Reflections on Bertolt Brecht's Die Massnahme 77
8 'Zwischen den Zeilen?': The Development of Dolf Sternberger's Political 'Sprachkritik' from the 'Worterbuch der Regierung von Papen' (1932) to 'Ein guter Ausdruck' (1937) 86
9 The Paradox of Simultaneity: 'Vergangenheitsbewaltigung' in Paul Schalluck's Engelbert Reineke 99
10 Authenticity and the 'Speaking Other': Gunter Wallraft's Ganz unten as an Industrial Fiction 110
11 Grass Parodied: Notes on the Reception of Die Rattin 122
12 East German Literature and the Cold War: The Example of Erich Loest's Die Westmark fallt weiter 134
13 Was bleibt Revisited: Christa Wolf and the Fear of Transience 144
14 High and Low Literature and the German Reading Public 153
15 Reflections on Jewish Culture in Germany since 1945 163
16 Reflections on German History and Anglo-Saxon Liberalism 175
17 The Social Dynamics of Dictatorship: Re-evaluating the Third Reich and the GDR 'From the Bottom Up' 187
18 Back to the Future: 1968 and the Red-Green Government 199
Wilfried van der Will: Publications 213
Tabula Gratulatoria 216
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