German Quarterly

Quarterly journal specializing in topics on German history, literature, culture, and film.

Articles from October 2001

An introduction
Why yet another volume on "space" and "memory," when numerous interdisciplinary studies in the last decade have examined their interrelation, their meaning, and form? Memory in all its guises, from collective memory to postmemory, has long dominated...
"Communazies": FBI Surveillance of German Emigre Writers
Stephen, Alexander. "Communazies": FBI Surveillance of German Emigre Writers. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000. 362 pp. $29.95. Although this book is not a source of much new information on the writers exiled from Nazi Germany, it...
Die Wiederkehr des Erzahlens. Deutschsprachige Prosa der 80er und 90er Jahre
Forster, Nikolaus. Die Wiederkehr des Erzahlens. Deutschsprachige Prosa der 80er and 90er Jahre. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1999. 225 pp. DM 68.00 hardcover. Nikolaus Forster's study analyzes recent German-language prose as a post...
Diverging memories? Durs Grunbein's mnemonic topographies and the future of the German past
While walking the streets of Berlin these days, one can clearly observe the last visible remains of WWII and the Cold War years gradually vanishing from sight: bullet holes, smoke-blackened buildings, and rubble give way to restored classicist palaces,...
Ein drei(ss)gjahriger Krieg gegen ein Buch. Zur Publikationsund Rezeptionsgeschichte von Stefan Heyms Roman uber den 17. Juini 1953
Kramer, Herbert. Ein dreissigjahriger Krieg gegen ein Bush. Zur Publikationsund Rezeptionsgeschichte von Stefan Heyms Roman Wxr den 17. Juni 1953. TUbingen: Stauffenburg, 1999. 230pp. DM 48.00 hardcover. In December 1999 Fritz J. Raddatz recommended...
Engendering cultural memory in selected post-Wende literary texts of the 1990s
"Memory boom" and "memory crisis," two seemingly incompatible phenomena, aptly capture the state of cultural memory in contemporary Germany. The decade since German unification has seen a greatly increased public interest in issues of memory and commemoration,...
Forget Berlin
The summer of 1999 saw the opening of "The Story of Berlin: Die Erlebnisausstellung der Hauptstadt," a permanent exhibit spread out over four floors and more than 60,000 square feet in the heart of Berlin Wilmersdorf. "The Story of Berlin" is designed...
Gestalten der Stille. Untersuchungen zur Prosa Robert Walsers
Kiessling-Sonntag, Jochem. Gestalten der Stille. Untersuchungen zur Prosa Robert Walsers. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 1997. 289pp. DM 58.00 paperback. To write about Robert Walser is to write about someone who goes for a walk while you are writing...
Hamburg memories
House of the Dead In his introduction to Aldo Rossi's landmark study of the relationship between urban topography and collective memory, Peter Eisenman notes that [f]or Aldo Rossi the European city has become the house of the dead. Its history, its...
Heine und die Weltliteratur
Reed, T. J., and Alexander Stillmark, eds. Heine and die Weltliteratur. Oxford: European Humanities Research Center, 2000. 232 pp. 27.50 ($49.50 US) paperback. The bicentennial of Heine's birth in 1997 was the occasion for numerous conferences and...
M.
Raes, Anton. M. London: BFI Publishing (BFI Film Classics), 2000. 87 pp. $12.95 paperback. Fritz Lang's 1931 film M has long been considered a film historical "classic," ripe for inclusion in the British Film Institute's remarkable "BFI Film Classics"...
Preface
On September 11, 2001, as we were putting the finishing touches on the introduction to this special issue of The German Quarterly, two hijacked commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. The loss of lives and livelihoods wrought by this...
The return of the dead: Memory and photography in W.G. Sebald's Die Ausgewanderten
WG. Sebald's Die Ausgewanderten begins at the end, with a photograph of a cemetery in the shadow of an enormous tree.1 Encountering this image, the reader may initially assume that the photograph perhaps presents the location in which the narrative will...
The sound of memory
Not my language but a voice chanting in patterns survives on earth not history's bones but vocal tones. Allen Ginsberg "Elegies for Neal Cassady" The critical vocabulary that has emerged and evolved to describe and analyze the spaces...
Traveling between Delos and Berlin: Heidegger and Celan on the topography of "what remains"
"Look at the road," one Jew says to another, "because it links past to future and, the other way round, future to past-as if there were still a past after the future-- but look also at the hope tougher than life that one day there could reappear out...
Yearbook of European Studies--Annuaire d' Etudes Europeannes. Vol. 13. Germany and Eastern Europe: Cultural Identies and Cultural Differences
Bullivant, Keith, Geoffrey Giles, and Walter Page, eds. Yearbook of European Studies - Annuaire d'Etudes Europeennes. Vol. 13. Germany and Eastern Europe: Cultural Identities and Cultural Differences. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 373pp. $30.50 paperback....
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