Academic journal article German Quarterly

From the Editor

Academic journal article German Quarterly

From the Editor

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As many of you will have noticed, over the past two years The German Quarterly has been experimenting with formats, alternating thematic issues with issues of general interest, occasionally adding a forum with short (1,000-word) contributions by a range of authors. These practices are meant to promote a more synthetic approach to our field and to encourage debate. In 2018, we will publish thematic issues on "Women Writing" and "Music and German Culture."

The current issue emphasizes connections between literature and politics. It begins with a provocative, comprehensively researched essay by Jakob Norberg, who argues that German literary studies, from its inception, was always a form of nationalism. We welcome your opinions on this topic, and in particular about its implications for current and future scholarship. Does German studies need the nation-state model? We will publish the responses we receive on our new Facebook page and online, and possibly print a selection in a future issue of GQ.

This issue's second essay is by Jonathan Seelye Martin on the roles of violence and the law in Heinrich von Veldeke's Eneasroman. …

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