Benjamin's Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque

Benjamin's Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque

by Jane O. Newman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801476594
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Series: Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
Edition description: Original
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jane O. Newman is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Pastoral Conventions: Poetry, Language, and Thought in Seventeenth-Century Nuremberg and The Intervention of Philology: Gender, Learning, and Power in Lohenstein's Roman Plays.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Textual Note xxi

Introduction: Benjamin's Baroque: A Lost Object? 1

1 Inventing the Baroque: A Critical History of Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Debates 23

The Renaissance of the German Baroque in the "Epistemo-Critical Prologue" 28

Locating Baroque Style 44

Origin and the "Heroic" Age of the German Literary Baroque 64

2 The Plays Are the Thing: Textual Politics and the German Drama 77

The Origin of the Silesian School: Nationalism and the Baroque Tragic Drama 83

Collecting the Baroque: Editing the German Dramatic Tradition 98

The Task of the Translator: Shakespeare as German Tragic Drama 115

3 Melancholy Germans: War Theology, Allegory, and the Lutheran Baroque 138

Benjamin's Hamlet in the Crosshairs of War Theology 143

Reforming the Baroque: Benjamin on Warburg on Luther 154

Allegory, Emblems, and Gryphius's Catharina von Georgien 170

Conclusion: Baroque Legacies: National Socialism's Benjamin 185

Bibliography 205

Index 225

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