German Quarterly

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

Articles from July 2005

About Face: German Physiognomic Thought from Lavater to Auschwitz
Gray, Richard T. About Face: German Physiognomic Thought from Lavater to Auschwitz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003. 454 pp. $44.95. Richard T. Gray's About Face is a comprehensive study of the tradition of physiognomic thinking in Germany...
A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti
Lorenz, Dagmar C. G., ed. A Companion to the Works of Elias Canetti. Rochester: Camden House, 2004. $90.00 hardcover. A literary companion that begins with obituaries and ends with events that occur early in an author's life clearly seeks to undermine...
A Companion to the Works of Hugo van Hofmannsthal
Kovach, Thomas A., ed. A Companion to the Works of Hugo van Hofmannsthal. Rochester: Camden House, 2002. 265 pp. $75.00 hardcover. This well-designed volume contains a list of works, an introduction, a stage-setting, and a contextual essay on Hofmannsthal...
Aisthetische Reduktionen. Analysen zu Patrick Süskinds "Der Kontrabaß," "Das Parfum," und "Rossini"
Degler, Frank. Aisthetische Reduktionen. Analysen zu Patrick Süskinds "Der Kontrabaß," "Das Parfum," und "Rossini." Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003. 386 pp. euro98.00 hardcover. Given that Süskind has not published a literary work since the screenplay for...
Ardent Complaints and Equivocal Piety. The Portrayal of the Crusader in Medieval German Poetry
Medieval Literature and Culture Jackson, William E. Ardent Complaints and Equivocal Piety. The Portrayal of the Crusader in Medieval German Poetry. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003. 146 pp. $28.00 paperback. In the context of renewed interest...
Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932
Levenson, Alan T. Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1952. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. 194 pp. $55.00 hardcover. With the recent publication of highly controversial-and many say highly...
Blackening Europe: The African American Presence
Raphael-Hernandes, Heike, ed. Blackening Europe: The African American Presence. New York: Routledge, 2004. 314 pp. $28.95 paperback. My initial concern with this book was that it might display some of the problems of many collaborative volumes: no discernable...
Converse in the Spirit: William Blake, Jacob Boehme, and the Creative Spirit
Fischer, Kevin. Converse in the Spirit: William Blake, Jacob Boehme, and the Creative Spirit. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004. 258 pp. $48.50 hardcover. This book is Kevin Fischer's contribution to an on-going inquiry of connections...
Das Leben des Friedrich Schiller: Eine Wanderung
18th and 19th Century Literature and Culture Damm, Sigrid. Das Leben des Friedrich Schiller: Eine Wanderung. Frankfurt/M: Insel, 2004. 500 pp. euro24.90 hardcover. Zum 200. Todestag des Dichters lassen gleich vier neue Aufarbeitungen seines Lebens (Aufenanger,...
Der gelehrte Narr: Gelehrtensatire seit der Aufklärung
Kosenina, Alexander. Der gelehrte Nan: Gelehrtensatire seit da Aufklärung. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2003. 487 pp. euro49.00 hardcover. Alexander Kosenina's Der Gelehrte Narr is a tour de. force on the theme of the learned fool in western literature from...
Die Kunst des Aufzählens. Elemente zu einer Poetik des Enumerativen
Mainberger, Sabine. Die Kunst des Aufzählens. Elemente zu einer Poetik des Enumerativen. Walter de Gruyter, 2003. 373 pp. euro118.00 hardcover. Im Zuge der Befragung dessen, was unter Literatur, Autor, Werk, Text etc. zu verstehen ist - all jenen Kategorien,...
Early Germanic Literature and Culture
Murdoch, Brian, and Malcolm Read, eds. Early Germanic Literature and Culture. Camden House, 2004. 334 pp. $90.00 hardcover. This is the first of ten volumes in a series tracing the history of German literature from its first written evidence to the...
Expressionist Film - New Perspectives
Scheunemann, Dietrich, ed. Expressionist Film - New Perspectives. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2003. 302 pp. $70.00 hardcover. Among many new books on Weimar cinema, this one sets itself an ambitious task. The product of a joint research project carried...
Fausts Kolonie. Goethes kritische Phänomenologie der Moderne
Jaeger, Michael. Fausts Kolonie. Goethes kritische Phänomenologie der Moderne. Wurzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004. 668 pp. euro49.80 paperback. As successive generations and ideological standpoints have each had their Goethe, each has also had...
Franz Kafkas Sprachen. "... in einem Stockwerk des innern babylonischen Turmes ...."
Nekula, Marek. Franz Kafkas Spmchen. "... in einem Stockwerk des innern babylonischen Turmes ...." Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2003. 397 pp. euro98.00 paperback. One of the glaring sociological features of turn-of-the-century Prague was the intense communication...
German Literary Culture at the Zero Hour
Brockmann, Stephen. German Literary Culture at the Zero Hour. Rochester: Camden House, 2004. 288 pp $75.00 hardcover. Scholars of German literature and history agree that the Zero Hour-the months and years immediately following World War II-never really...
Germany and America. Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld
Friedrich, Wolfgang-Uwe, ed. Germany and America. Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2001. 324 pp. $39.95 hardcover. With all of the limitations of a Festschrift, I am pleased with the successful use of the nineteen...
Globalizing Information:1 Accountability and Disciplinarity
Globalizing Information:1 Accountability and Disciplinarity As in most discussions about literary and cultural studies, "globalization" in German studies has most often been discussed in terms of theory or new contents, as challenges to traditional...
Guilt, Victimhood, and Identity in Zafer Senocak's Gefährliche Verwandtschaft
Zafer Senocak is widely regarded as one of the most prominent intellectuals and most complex writers of Turkish origin in Germany today.1 That this recognition comes almost entirely from outside Germany and German Germanistik is symptomatic of the continued...
Hitler's Exiles. The German Cultural Resistance in America and Europe
Zühlsdorff, Volkmar. Hitler's Exiles. The German Cultural Resistance in America and Europe. London, New York: Continuum, 2004. 240 pp. $29.95 hardcover. For anyone interested in the study of German cultural emigration in the years after 1933, this book,...
James Joyce and German Theory: "The Romantic School and All That"
Laman, Barbara. James Joyce and German Theory: "The Romantic School and All That." Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004. 174 pp. $39.50 hardcover. Barbara Laman offers a truly comparative historical study of the lines of influence that...
Marlene Streeruwitz's Novel Nachwelt as Postmodern Feminist Biography1
In her award-winning novel Nachwelt (1999), Marlene Streeruwitz composes an exquisite account of the life of Anna Mahler (1904-1988), the sculptress and daughter of Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler-Werfel. In this work, Streeruwitz innovatively uses elements...
Netzwerk der Aufklärung: Neue Studien zu Johann Heinrich Merck
Leuschner, Ulrike, and Matthias Luserke-Jaquil, eds. Netzwerk da Aufklarung: Neue Studien zu Johann Heinrich Merck. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2003. 243 pp. 1105.30 hardcover. This nine-essay volume is the proceedings of a colloquium on Merck, held...
Neue Beiträge zur Germanistik - Internationale Ausgabe der Doitsu Bungaku
Neue Beiträge zur Germanistik - Internationale Ausgabe der Doitsu Bungaku. Herausgegeben von der Japanischen Gesellschaft fur Germanistik. Tokyo, 2003. Band 2, Heft 1: Germanistik und Multikulturalität in Asien. Heft 4: Deutsche Dichtungen und japanische...
Pain and Prosperity: Reconsidering Twentieth-Century German History
Betts, Paul, and Greg Eghigian, eds. Pain and Prosperity: Reconsidering Twentieth-Century German History. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003. 288 pp. $22.95 paperback. This book explores, in the alliterative wording of its introduction,...
Raoul Hausmann: Grenzgänger zwischen den Künsten: Eine Untersuchung zur Grenzüberschreitung zwischen Kunst und Literatur als künstlerisches Gestaltungsprinzip in Raoul Hausmanns Werk während der dadaistischen Phase
Hübner, Corinna. Raoul Hausmann: Grenzgänger zwischen din Künsten: Eine Untersuchung zur Grenzüberschreitung zwischen Kunst und Literatur als künstlerisches Gestaltungsprinzip in Raoul Hausmanns Werk während der dadaistischen Phase. Bielefeld: Aisthesis,...
Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul
Reiman, Erika. Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2004. 229pp. $75.00 hardcover. Robert Schumann's (1810-1856) admiration for Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825) has been well documented...
Self, Race, and Species: J. F. Blumenbach's Atlas Experiment
In 1796, the renowned anthropologist and professor of medicine Johann Friedrich Blumenbach produced a scientific atlas entitled Abbildungen Naturhistorischer Gegenstände.1 Seven of the book's one hundred illustrations provide instruction in the natural...
Sentiment Media: Franziska zu Reventlow and the Gender of Genre in Modernism1
On December 30, 1893, the 22-year-old Franziska zu Reventlow writes to the editor of the highly influential Naturalist journal Die Gesellschaft, Michael Georg Conrad, Es gibt so vieles, was man gerne künstlerisch gestalten möchte und es wenigstens noch...
The Historical Experience in German Drama: From Gryphius to Brecht
Menhennet, Alan. The Historical Experience in German Drama: From Gryphius to Brecht. Rochester; NY: Camden House, 2003. 195 pp. $65.00 hardcover. Alan Menhennet's book is a thought-provoking examination of the relationship between the study of history...
The Life and Works of Wolfgang Borchert
Burgess, Gordon. The Life and Works of Wolfgang Borchert. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2003. 256 pp. $75.00 hardcover. This study represents an important, long overdue contribution to Borchert scholarship; incredibly, it is the first English-language...
The Male Muses of Romanticism: The Poetics of Gender in Novalis, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Eichendorff1
In German Romantic discourse woman generally functions as the inspiration, source, and ground of poesy.2 This figuration appears to be metaphysical in nature: woman and the feminine are troped as the originary condition of possibility of Romantic self-definition...
Volker Braun in Perspective. German Monitor 58
Jucker, Rolf, ed. Volker Braun in Perspective. German Monitor 58. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004. 273 pp. $45.00 paperback. Collected as a Jubiläumsschrift paying homage to the Eastern German author Volker Braun, Volker Braun in Perspective presents seventeen...
Witch Craze, Terror, and Fantasy in Baroque Germany
Roper, Lyndal. Witch Craze, Terror, and Fantasy in Baroque Germany. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. 362 pp. $35.00 hardcover. Erik Midelfort's Witch Hunting (1972) set the standard for scholars of German social and intellectual history, and...
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