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German Language and Literature Papers

2000

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Johannes R. Becher 1891–1958, Robert K. Shirer Sep 2000

Johannes R. Becher 1891–1958, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

Throughout much of the 20th century, the name of Johannes R. Becher elicited strong reactions: he was a gifted Expressionist poet or a dangerous but largely incoherent pacifist; he was a tool of Moscow willing to betray the Weimar Republic or an example of an artist who transcended his class and served the proletariat; he was a degenerate enemy of the Third Reich or a hero of the Volkfront; his was a strong voice for the survival of German culture in the dark years or the timid voice of a survivor of Stalin's blood purges; he was a heroic ...


Review Of Eva Kocziszky, Mythenfiguren In Hölderlins Spätwerk, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy Sep 2000

Review Of Eva Kocziszky, Mythenfiguren In Hölderlins Spätwerk, Priscilla A. Hayden-Roy

German Language and Literature Papers

Kocziszky attempts to explicate the function of the Greek myths in Hölderlin’s late writings, primarily the annotations to his translations of Sophocles’s Oedipus and Antigone. She interprets these myths broadly, and in her discussions explores the figures of the centaur (here her textual basis is “Das Belebende,” Hölderlin’s translation and commentary of one of the Pindaric fragments), Oedipus, Antigone, Danae, and the “Muse,” Greece itself, as tragic figures whose significance emerges as one considers their relationship to the poetological, historical, political, and also profoundly personal concerns expressed in Hölderlin’s work. Following Jean LaPlanche’s observation that ...