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German Language and Literature Papers

1988

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Review Of German Poetry: An Anthology From Klopstock To Enzensberger. Edited By Martin Swales, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy Oct 1988

Review Of German Poetry: An Anthology From Klopstock To Enzensberger. Edited By Martin Swales, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy

German Language and Literature Papers

Noted Germanist Martin Swales offers a volume designed to introduce English speakers to German lyric poetry from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Seventeen poets are included, each represented with several poems (between six and eight is the norm, with Goethe at the high end with eighteen, and Novalis at the low, with two). The poems are in German only; Swales' intrduction and notes (an intrductory paragraph on each author and brief synopses of each poem along with some formal observations) are in English. Swales' historical schema lends this book of poetry a degree of thematic coherence unusual for a ...


Review Of Uwe Johnsons Frühwerk: Im Spiegel Der Deutschsprachigen Literaturkritik By Nicolai Riedel, Robert K. Shirer Oct 1988

Review Of Uwe Johnsons Frühwerk: Im Spiegel Der Deutschsprachigen Literaturkritik By Nicolai Riedel, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

Nicolai Riedel has once more performed a valuable service for Uwe Johnson scholars. With this volume he provides a documentary complement to his excellent bibliographies and his useful analyses of Johnson reception. Riedel has collected seventy short newspaper and magazine pieces about Johnson's early work, many of which have been hitherto virtually inaccessible. There are six general features, twenty-two reviews of Mutmassungen über Jakob, twenty-two reviews of Das dritte Buch über Achim, and twenty reviews of the posthumously published first novel Ingrid Babendererde.


Review Of Christa Wolf "Nachdenken Über Christa T." By Wolfram And Helmtrud Mauser, Robert K. Shirer Oct 1988

Review Of Christa Wolf "Nachdenken Über Christa T." By Wolfram And Helmtrud Mauser, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

Nachdenken über Christa T. is one of the most widely discussed novels in GDR literature, and a reviewer therefore approaches a new book-length interpretation with some trepidation. However, Wolfram and Helmtrud Mauser's study is fresh, insightful, and clearly written. The volume simultaneously does justice to a very difficult text and situates it intelligently in the context of GDR literature of the 1960s and 1970s. While their interpretation is not exhaustive, the authors demonstrate familiarity with the large body of Wolf literature, and their notes point the reader to other interpretative approaches.


Review Of Eric L. Santner, Friedrich Hölderlin: Narrative Vigilance And The Poetic Imagination., Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy Apr 1988

Review Of Eric L. Santner, Friedrich Hölderlin: Narrative Vigilance And The Poetic Imagination., Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy

German Language and Literature Papers

Eric Santner's study, "intended both as a 'revisionist' reading of Hölderlin's later poetry and an introduction to a larger study of issues concerning narrative theory," interprets formal aspects of the later poems—what has traditionally been called their harte Fügung—in terms of narrative parataxis, i.e. a breakdown in the Idealist "narrative of redemption." Santner begins with a theoretical discussion of narrative drawn chiefly from Hayden White and Roland Barthes (especially from Camera Lucida). Opposing "narrative vigilance," that potentially pathological compulsion to comprehend particulars within a hypotactic, overarching narrative structure, is a strategy of parataxis whereby narrative ...


Uses And Misuses Of Language: Uwe Johnson’S Ingrid Babendererde As A Gdr Novel, Robert K. Shirer Jan 1988

Uses And Misuses Of Language: Uwe Johnson’S Ingrid Babendererde As A Gdr Novel, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

Uwe Johnson is seldom discussed as a GDR author, for it was not until after his 1959 decision «to relocate,» as he put it, to the West that Johnson became established as a literary force. Literary historians often mention Johnson along with Gunther Grass and Martin Walser when they discuss the important novelists that burst onto the literary scene in West Germany at the end of the 1950’s. But Johnson’s work—from Mutamaßsunmgen über Jakob to Jahrestage—is unthinkable without his education and experiences in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR. With the posthumous publication of his ...