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Studies in German Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657981 Year: Pages: 274 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657981_Mews Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Twenty-one distinguished American Germanists pay tribute to F. E. Coenen, previous longtime editor (1952-1968) of UNC Press' Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures series. Their essays—reflecting a variety of approaches—deal with many major (Goethe, Kleist, Droste-Hülshoff, Keller, Nietsche, Rilke, Kafka, Hesse, Brecht, Thomas Mann, Musil) and some minor figures who have influenced the literary scene after 1800 and add significantly to both scholarship in and interpretation of modern German literature.

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German Studies --- Literature

Heinrich von Kleist

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657479 Year: Pages: 216 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657479_Ellis Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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Ellis's book confronts directly the most central issue of Kleist criticism: the essential nature and meaning of his work. Rather than provide a general survey of Kleist's writings, Ellis performs an analysis of six of his most mature works: "Der Findling", "Die Marquise von O. . .", "Das Erdbeben in Chili", "Der Zweitkampf", "Michael Kohlhaas", and "Prinz Friedrich von Homburg". Ellis draws some general conclusions about the uniquely Kleistian character of these six works which are at sharp variance with previous Kleist criticism.

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German Studies --- Literature

The Ennobling Power of Love in the Medieval German Lyric

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469656618 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.5149/9781469656618_Kaplowitt Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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Every handbook of medieval German literature has stressed the importance of love's ennobling power as a motif in the Minnesang, yet prior to this volume no study had attempted to assess its significance on the basis of its actual occurrence. In this volume Stephen Kaplowitt scrutinizes the entire lyric production of Minnesänger from Der von Kürenberg to Walther von der Vogelweide, identifying and analyzing every example of the motif. He concludes that, although the motif is widespread, its significance has been considerably exaggerated.

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Poetry --- German Studies --- Literature

Whitman and Nietzsche

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469658438 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.5149/9781469658438_Stavrou Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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This volume will be a great aid to students and scholars alike in American literature, American thought, the history of ideas, and comparative literature. Stavrou draws from the entire bodies of work by Whitman and Nietzsche to explore the parallels in the authors' conceptions of paradox, the totality of life, and solitude among other themes in this exploration of the underlying philosophical similarities of these two great writers of the nineteenth century.

The Hermit in German Literature

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657493 Year: Pages: 148 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657493_Fitzell Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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In this thorough study of the figure of the hermit in the works of German writers Fitzell analyzes characters in works by Lessing, Goethe, Klinger, Hoffmann, Wieland, Eichendorff and others. The author argues that the figure of the hermit characterizes the quality of inwardness and withdrawal from society characteristic of German literature, and shows how this quality was represented in the age of Goethe.

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German Studies --- Literature

Arminius or the Rise of a National Symbol in Literature

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657745 Year: Pages: 154 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657745_Kuehnemund Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This volume provides an evaluation of the ideological significance of the Arminius trope in patriotic German literature. Beginning with the German Humanists and ranging through the works of Hutten, Lohenstein, J. E. Schlegel, Klopstock, Kleist, Grabbe and others. Kuehnemund tracks how Arminius has been deployed as a symbol of the German nation by major intellectual movements and at key points in German history leading up to the Second World War.

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German Studies --- Literature

Duinesian Elegies

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657165 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657165_Rilke Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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A poetic English rendering of Rainer Maria Rilke's "Duineser Elegien" printed together with the original German on facing pages. The translation places high value on conveying the meaning of the Elegies, although it does not attempt to retain the original meter. An additional, detailed interpretive commentary will increase the English-speaking reader's understanding of Rilke's complex poetry.

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Poetry --- German Studies --- Literature

Wilhelm Waiblinger in Italy

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469658544 Year: Pages: 116 DOI: 10.5149/9781469658544_Thompson Language: English
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This study traces the importance of Italy as a source of literary inspiration in the work of the Swabian poet Wilhelm Waiblinger (1804-1830), who spent the last four years of his life, the most prolific of his career, living and traveling in Italy. Drawing on Waiblinger's poems, travel accounts, letters and diaries, Thompson compiles and analyzes Waiblinger's thoughts on and engagement with Italian art, literature, music, people and landscapes as well as the themes of antiquity, Renaissance, and Catholicism.

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German Studies --- Literature

The Correspondence of Arthur Schnitzler and Raoul Auernheimer with Raoul Auernheimer's Aphorisms

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469657387 Year: Pages: 174 DOI: 10.5149/9781469657387_Daviau Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
Subject: History
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This correspondence is a firsthand record of a literary and personal friendship that spanned the years 1906 to 1931. It is significant for both its insights into the lives and works of these two important writers and for its information concerning the eventful time in which they lived. The previously unpublished aphorisms of Auernheimer serve as a means of introducing a writer who had long been unjustly neglected. The aphorisms demonstrate the similarities of the two men in their broad range of interests as well as in the depth and perceptiveness of their thought, and help to explain Schnitzler's high regard for his friend.

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German Studies --- Literature

Gottfried Benn's Static Poetry

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469656793 Year: Pages: 142 DOI: 10.5149/9781469656793_Roche Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
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This book consists of close readings of four poems illustrating Gottfried Benn's developing conception of stillness or stasis: "Trunkene Flut" (1927), "Wer allein ist—" (1936), "Statische Gedichte" (1944), and "Reisen" (1950). Mark Roche pays particular attention to the interrelation of form and content, and he uncovers previously overlooked allusions to thinkers such as Aristotle, Seneca, and Meister Eckhart. Benn's supposedly pure poetry of stasis is in reality an expression of opposition to nazi ideology, Roche argues, and should be viewed in the context of inner emigration. Nevertheless, Benn's opposition to nazism unwittingly rests on the same decisionistic foundation as the power positivism he deplores. Benn's well-intentioned critique of nazism is ultimately unsuccessful. The book concludes with a theoretical postscript that suggest ways in which intellectual history could be made productive for literary interpretation and provides arguments in favor of an "aesthetic" analysis attentive to both formal structures and philosophical coherence.

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