German Quarterly

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

Articles from January 2009

Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions
Macdonald, Iain, and Krzysztof Ziarek, eds. Adornoand Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008. 221 pp. $21.95 paperback. This collection of ten essays joins the handful of books and dozens of articles to have addressed...
Against Biopolitics: Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, and Giorgio Agamben on Political Sovereignty and Symbolic Order1
Recent attempts by Giorgio Agamben to understand the relationship between politics and the human body have resulted in a notion of "biopolitics/ derived from texts by Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault, in which there is a merging of biology and politics...
At Home in the New Germany? Local Stories and Global Concerns in Yüksel Yavuz's Aprilkinder and Kleine Freiheit
Reconceptualizing the Domestic In a 1999 issue of; Film forum, Tunçay Kulaoglu1 declared, the "new German film is Turkish," locating Turkish-German cinema as a cure for the ailing domestic film industry of the 1990s, described by Eric Rentschler and...
Blutige Worte: Internationales und interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zum Verhältnis von Sprache und Gewalt in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit
Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture Eming, Jutta, and Claudia Jarzebowski, eds. Blutige Worte: Internationales und interdisziplinäres Kolloquium zum Verhältnis von Sprache und Gewalt in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. Gottingen: V &...
Comparative Cinema. How American University Students View Foreign Films
German Studies across the Curriculum Allert, Beate, ed. Comparative Cinema. How American University Students View Foreign Hints. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. 345 pp. $119.95 hardcover. Die überwältigende Dominanz von Hollywoods Filmproduktionen...
Dietrich Icon
Gemünden, Gerd, and Mary R. Desjardins, eds. Dietrich Icon. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. 420 pp. $89.95 cloth, $24.95 paperback. The volume's pretext was the 2001 Dartmouth Conference on Marlene Dietrich. The editors gathered essays that put...
Eine Literaturgeschichte der Photographie
Neumann, Michael. Eine Literaturgeschichte der Photographie. Dresden: Thelem, 2006. 354 pp. euro35.00 paperback. Michael Neumann verschränkt in seiner Studie Eine Literaturgeschichte der Photographie in anregender Weise den photographieästhetischen...
Erzählen nach Darwin. Die Krise der Teleologie im literarischen Realismus: Friedrich Theodor Vischer und Gottfried Keller
18th & 19th Century Literature and Culture Ajouri, Philip. Erzählen nach Darwin. Die Krise der Teleologie im literarischen Realismus: Friedrich Theodor Vischer und Gottfried Keller. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007. 373 pp. $157.00 hardcover. Philip Ajouri...
Esther Dischereit
Hall, Katharina, ed. Esther Dischereit. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007. 181 pp. $55.00 hardcover. Esther Dischereit's poetry captures the poignant rhythms of the everyday, and questions how genocide became part of Germany's daily experience....
German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past
Moses, Dirk A. German Intellectuals and the Nazi Bast. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 293 pp. $80.00 hardcover. According to the first sentence of this book, the claim that "the Federal Republic of Germany has developed a healthy democratic...
How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin
Hertz, Deborah. How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 288 pp. $38.00 cloth. This cultural and social history by Deborah Hertz investigates the motivations, incentives,...
How the Past Writes the Future: Social Autobiography and the Dynamics of Discrimination in Christoph Hein's Landnahme and other Writings
"Für die Einheimischen kamen die Vertriebenen und begingen ebenfalls Landnahme, und zwar da wo es gerade besonders knapp geworden war." - Günter Grass, Krebsgang Shortly after the appearance of Landnahme (2004), Christoph Hein published his essay "Vom...
Humor Satire, and Identity: Eastern German Literature in the 1990s
Iwark, Jill E. Humor Satire, and Identity: Eastern German Literature in the 1990s. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007. 471 pp. euro98.00 hardcover. In her book, Jill Twark observes a distinct trend in post-reunification German literature: East(ern) Germans deal...
Jakob Ruf. Leben, Werk und Studien
Keller, Hildegard Elisabeth, ed Jakob Ruf. Leben, Werk und Stuthen. Zurich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2008.5vols. (319+774+707+1019+723 pp.), plusaudio CD and multimedia CD. SFr. 248 hardback in slipcase. The publication of this collection of the complete...
Jenseits von Tugend und Empfindsamkeiz. Gesellschaftspolitik im Frauenroman um 1800
Gerig, Maya. Jenseits von Tugend und Empfindsamkeit. Gesellschaftspolitik im Frauenroman um 1800. Köln: Böhlau, 2008. 185 pp. euro29.90 paperback. Die Frauenliteraturgeschichte versteht die Wende zum 19. Jahrhundert als Epochenschwelle, in der die Geschlechterrollen...
Love Me, Hurt Me, Heal Me-Isolde Healer and Isolde Lover in Gottfried's Tristan
"Ez tuot vil wê, swer herzeclîche minnet" - it hurts a lot when someone loves dearly - thus sings one of the most wehleidig of all German minnesingers, Heinrich von Morungen (MF XIX.XV1, I).1 In "Sach ieman die vrouwen," Heinrich moans: "diu liebe und...
Masochismus und Kolonialismus. Literatur, Film und Pädagogik
Wilke, Sabine. Masochismus und Kolonialismus. Literatur, Film und Pädagogik. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2007. 246 pp. euro48.00 hardcover. Genealogical overviews of masochism generally follow a line from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's infamous Venus im Pelz...
Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic
Witt, Mary Ann Frese, ed. Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007. 255 pp. $ 52.50 hardback. While the discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche's writings in both philosophy and political thought have made...
Orientdiskurse in der deutschen Literatur
Bogdal, Klaus-Michael, ed. Orientdiskurse in der deutschen Literatur. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2007. 363 pp. euro39.90 paperback. Das Buch umfasst, einschließlich des Vorworts des Herausgebers, 15 Beiträge zu Aspekten des Orientdiskurses. Das Vorwort...
Painting Sand: Nelly Sachs and the Grabschrift
German Jewish poet Nelly Sachs (1891-1970) observed in 1948: "So mull, ich den Vorwurf vieler Emigranten hinnehmen, die ein Anknüpfen an die Vormartyrium-Tradition verlangen, und sind doch in einer Zeit, die aufgerissen ist wie eine Wunde" (Sachs, Briefe...
Politiken des Wahnsinns. Weibliche Psychopathologie in Texten deutscher Autoren zwischen Spätaufklärung und Fin de siècle
Hauser, Claudia. Politiken des Wahnsinns. Weibliche Psychopathologie in Texten deutscher Autoren zwischen Spätaufklärung und Fin de siècle. Hildesheim: Olms, 2007. 412 pp. euro42.00 paperback. As Gilbert and Gubar's groundbreaking The Madwoman in the...
Reading Heinrich Heine
Phelan, Anthony. Reading Heinrich Heine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 307 pp. $105.00 hardcover. Amid the numerous publications on Heinrich Heine in recent years, the ambitious aim and scope of Anthony Phelan's Reading Heinrich Heine...
Schwellenüberschreitungen: Politik in der Literatur von deutschsprachigen Frauen 1780-1918
Bland, Caroline, and Elisa Müller-Adams, eds. Schwellenüberschreitungen: Politik in der Literatur von deutschsprachigen Frauen 1780-1918. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2007. 293 pp. euro39.80 paperback. The thirteen contributions in this book all address the...
The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle
Reitter, Faul. The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 256 pp. $35.00 hardcover. "Both: Journalism and Kraus," Gershom Scholem obscurely remarks in his diaries,...
The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany: Protestant and Catholic Piety, 1500-1648
Heal, Bridget. The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany: Protestant and Catholic Piety, 1500-1648. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 338 pp. $99.00 hardcover. Bridget Heal's work is a thorough case study of Reformation and Counter...
The First World War as a Clash of Cultures
Bridgham, Fred, ed. The First World War as a Clash of Cultures. Rochester: Camden House, 2007. 334 pp. $80.00 hardcover. This volume consists of ten stylish and informative essays of varying scope and depth on a period of great, if poisonous, cultural...
The Role of Translation in German Studies: With a Medieval Perspective
ALBRECHT CLASSEN University of Arizona Most of the comments regarding this large issue do not fully take into account the historical dimension of translation and the need to have translations available to bridge the divide between modern readers/language...
The Stage as 'Der Spielraum Gottes
Gabor, Olivia G. The Stage as 'Der Spielraum Gottes/ Berne: Peter Lang, 2006. 254 pp. $49.95 paperback. This study in 20th-century German-language drama sets out to show that von Hc if mannst hai 's Jeder m. mu , Borchert's Draußen vor der Tür, Brecht's...
Un-Civilizing Processes? Excess and Transgression in German Society and Culture: Perspectives Debating with Norbert Elias
Fulbrook, Mary, ed. Un-Civilizing Processes? Excess and Transgression in German Society and Culture: Perspectives Debating with Norbert Elias. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. 296 pp. $81.00 hardcover. Erst seit den 70. Jahren gilt der bis dahin eher als "Außenseiter...
Women and Writing in the Works of Novalis: Transformation beyond Measure?
Hodkmson, James R. Women and Writing in the Worksof Novalis: Transformation beyond Measure? Rochester: Camden House, 2007. 271 pp. $75.00 hardcover. In this thought-provoking yet not entirely persuasive study, James R. Hodkinson examines the different...
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