Modern German Literature

Modern German Literature

by Michael Minden

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Overview

Modern German Literature by Michael Minden

This accessible and fresh account of German writing since 1750 is a case study of literature as a cultural and spiritual resource in modern societies.

Beginning with the emergence of German language literature on the international stage in the mid-eighteenth century, the book plays down conventional labels and periodisation of German literary history in favour of the explanatory force of international cultural impact. It explains, for instance, how specifically German and Austrian conditions shaped major contributions to European literary culture such as Romanticism and the ‘language scepticism’ of the early twentieth century.

From the First World War until reunification in 1990, Germany’s defining experiences have been ones of catastrophe. The book provides a compelling overview of the different ways in which German literature responded to historical disaster. They are, first, Modernism (the ‘Literature of Negation’), second, the literature of totalitarian regimes (Third Reich and German Democratic Republic), and third the various creative strategies and evasions of the capitalist democratic multi-medial cultures of the Weimar and Federal Republics.

The volume achieves a balance between textual analysis and cultural theory that gives it value as an introductory reference source and as an original study and as such will be essential reading for students and scholars alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745657257
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Polity Cultural History of Literature Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 521 KB

About the Author

Michael Minden is Senior Lecturer in German at Jesus College, University of Cambridge

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