The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism

The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism

by J. P. Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521433304

ISBN-13: 9780521433303

Pub. Date: 02/02/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies individual works by twelve major writers of German modernism, including Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, in relation to the history of the twentieth century. It explores the theme of the <'dear purchase>', an ideal of moral strenuousness and sacrifice seen as characteristic of Germany after Nietzsche, and reveals the underlying flaw in this

Overview

This book studies individual works by twelve major writers of German modernism, including Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, in relation to the history of the twentieth century. It explores the theme of the <'dear purchase>', an ideal of moral strenuousness and sacrifice seen as characteristic of Germany after Nietzsche, and reveals the underlying flaw in this notion as a self-justifying value. In this context, it considers the renaissance of German poetry after 1900, the impact of the War of 1914, its aftermath in uncertainty and relativism, and attitudes to the Hitler period, and finally juxtaposes Mann>'s Felix Krull and Kafka>'s story Josephine as a deliverance from the value-system of the title. The Introduction, partly autobiographical, traces J.P. Stern>'s preoccupation with this interpretation of his material in many of the books he published (especially those concerned with Nietzsche and Hitler), and pays tribute to Wittgenstein>'s influence on his thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521433303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/02/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in German Series
Pages:
467
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nicholas Boyle; Editor's preface; Introduction; 1. The theme; 2. Reality; 3. Relativity; 4. The Great War; 5. The purchase of poetry; 6. Rendering account; 7. A deliverance of sorts; 8. Postscript: the divided self; Notes; Index.

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