Reflections on Literature and Culture

Reflections on Literature and Culture


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As one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt is well known for her writings on political philosophy. Less familiar are her significant contributions to cultural and literary criticism. This edition brings together for the first time Arendt’s reflections on literature and culture. The essays include previously unpublished and untranslated material drawn from half a century of engagement with the works of European and American authors, poets, journalists, and literary critics, including such diverse figures as Proust, Melville, Auden, and Brecht.
Intended for a wide readership, this volume has the potential to change our view of Arendt by introducing her not only as one of the leading political theorists of her generation, but also as a serious, committed, and highly original literary and cultural critic. Gottlieb’s introduction ties the work together, showing how Arendt developed a form of literary and cultural analysis that is entirely her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804744997
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2007
Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,136,316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, where she is currently the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English. She is the author of Regions of Sorrow: Anxiety and Messianism in Hannah Arendt and W.H. Auden (Stanford, 2003).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Rilke's Duino Elegies   Hannah Arendt   Gunther Stern     1
The Emergence of the German Principle of "Bildung"     24
Friedrich von Gentz: On the 100th Anniversary of His Death, June 9, 1932     31
Renaissance?     38
Berlin Salon     46
Rilke's Revisions     54
Thomas Mann and Romanticism     56
Jews in the World of Yesterday     58
A Hidden Tradition     69
Nightmare and Flight     91
Appreciated Anew     94
Great Friend of Reality   Adalbert Stifter     110
French Existentialism     115
No Longer and Nor Yet     121
Proof Positive     126
The Streets of Berlin     128
The Too Ambitious Reporter     130
Beyond Personal Frustration: The Poetry of Bertolt Brecht     133
Job's Dungheap     143
The Achievement of Hermann Broch     148
Between Vice and Crime (On Proust)     156
The Imperialist Character (On Kipling)     167
The Permanence of the World and the Work of Art     172
Culture and Politics     179
Foreword to Carl Heidenreich's Exhibition Catalog     203
The Social Question (On Melville and Dostoevski)     206
The Golden Fruits     214
What Is Permitted to Jove...: Reflections on the Poet Bertolt Brecht and His Relation to Politics     223
Randall Jarrell, 1914-1965     257
Isak Dinesen, 1885-1962     262
Notes on Dostoevsky's Possessed     275
Emerson Address     282
No Donkey Has Lost Me While Galloping     285
Remembering Wystan H. Auden, Who Died in the Night of the Twenty-eighth of September, 1973     294
Editorial Note: Texts in German and English     303
Notes     305
Index     351

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