German Quarterly

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

Articles from October 2000

Amazons and Apprentices: Women and the German Panassus in the Early Enlightenment
Goodman, Katherine R. Amazons and Apprentices: Women and the German Parnassus in the Early Enlightenment. Rochester: Camden House, 1999. 316 pp. $59.00. Katherine Goodman's Amazons and Apprentices: Women and the German Parnassus in the Early Enlightenment...
Aufklarungsforschung in Deutschland
Dainat, Holger, and Wilhelm Vosskamp, eds. Aufkldrungsforschung in Deutschland. Heidelberg: Winter, 1999. 128 pp. DM 28.00 paperback. In his introductory essay "Aufklarungsforschung in Deutschland. Einleitung," Wilhelm Vosskamp poses rhetorical questions...
Complex Pleasure. Forms of Feeling in German Literature
Corngold, Stanley. Complex Pleasure. Forms of Feeling in German Literature. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998. 243pp. $18.95 paperback. Setting out to study "[...] the various sorts of feeling tensed between reason and imagination that figure in the production...
Constructing Medieval Sexuality
Lochrie, Karma, Peggy McCracken, and James A. Schultz, eds. Constructing Medieval Sexuality. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1997. 205 pp. $ 18.98 paperback, $47.98 hardcover. The collection of essays under review originated at a conference on medieval...
Dangerous Dames. Women and Representation in the Weimar Street Film and Film Noir
Wager,Jans B. Dangerous Dames. Women and Representation in the Weimar Street Film and Film Noir. Athens: Ohio UP, 1999. 159 pp. $29.95. One of the standard reference points in discussions of film noir is the strong influence of Weimar cinema. This...
Defining Dominion. The Discourses of Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern France and Germany
Williams, Gerhild Scholz. Defining Dominion. The Discourses of Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern France and Germany. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Civilization. Ann Arbor: The U of Michigan P, paperback edition 1999. xi + 234 pp. $27.50 paperback....
Der Aphorismus: Begriff und Gattung von der Mittes des 18Jahrunderts bis 1912
Spicker, Friedemann. Der Aphorismus: Begriff and Gattung von der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts bis 1912. Berlin: De Gruyter, 1997. 484 pp. DM 248.00 What Andre Jolles called "kleine Formen" in 1930 included this strangely elusive gem, the aphorism. Scholars...
Irmgard Keun: Leben und Werk
Marchlewitz, Ingrid. Irmgard Keun: Leben and Werk. Epistemata: Reihe Literaturwissenschaft, 261. Wiirzburg: Konigshausen & Neumann, 1999.197pp. DM 48.00 paperback. In den letzten Jahren ist es wieder verhaltnismaBig still um die Autorin Irmgard...
Language and History in the Early Germanic World
Green, Dennis Howard. Language and History in the Early Germanic World. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998. xv + 438 pp. $69.95. Anyone who loves words, their origins, shifts of meaning, and use will be delighted by this study of the interrelationship of...
Literatur und Geschichte: Festschrift fur Wulf Koepke zum 70. Geburtstag
Menges, Karl, ed. Literatur and Geschichte: Festschrift fir Wulf Koepke zum 70. Geburtstag. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998. DM 108.00 paperback. It is both fortunate and too bad that it is unseemly for people to review Festschriften dedicated to them. Fortunate,...
Morphine as the Tertium Quid between war and revolution; or, the moon gland secretes poppy sleep over the western front of Johannes R. Becher
Am besten ware es, ich konnte am 15. ds, noch ein wenig mich in die Nachkur begeben. Alle ihre Bedingungen nehme ich an [...] Zu Ihrer Orientierung: Ich bin seit Mittwoch morphiumfrei, bendtige aber noch abendlich ein Schlafmittel. -Becher to Katharina...
Obituary: Arnold J. Hartoch
Arnold J. Hartoch, author the The Academic History of Remedial Rhetoric Students (1956), An Analysis of Certain Characteristics of Dropout Students at the University of Illinois (1956), Factors in the Success of Premedical Students (1956), and Vocation,...
Obituary: H.C. Artmann
Der osterreichische Schriftsteller and Dichter H.C. [Hans Carl] Artmann starb in seiner Wiener Wohnung im Alter von 79 Jahren an Herzversagen. Artmann wurde am 12. Juni 1921 als Sohn eines Wiener Schuhmachers geboren and galt als eine der schillernsten...
On the utility of art for politics: Musil's "armed truce of ideas"
A phantom haunts Germany today. It is the ghost of the intellectual invested with a critical mission. In the course of the last decade established notions concerning the social and political role of intellectuals have increasingly come under scrutiny...
Phantom Formations. Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman
Redfield, Marc. Phantom Formations. Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996. 220pp. $35.00 hardcover. For Redfield the Bildungsroman has an exemplary status in exhibiting-and thus exposing-the claim to a referential basis...
Popularizing the Nation: Audience, Representation, and the Production of Identity in Die Gartenlaube 1853-1900
Belgum, Kirsten. Popularizing the Nation: Audience, Representation, and the Production ofIdentity in Die Gartenlaube 1853-1900. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1998. 237 + xxx pp. $50.00 In German academic discourse Die Gartenlaube serves as a shorthand...
Rereading Christa Wolf's "Selbstversuch": Cyborgs and feminist critiques of scientific discourse
In her seminal "Cyborg Manifesto," Donna Haraway invokes the cyborg, that hybrid of organism and machine, as a figure for a subversive feminist practice. Haraway breaks with traditional feminist approaches that have relied on Western origin myths and...
Rilke, Modernism and Poetic Tradition
Ryan, Judith. Rilke, Modernism and Poetic Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999. 256 pp. $64.95. Judith Ryan can always be counted on to provide insight into the literary and cultural phenomena she investigates; her recent study of Rilke and modernism...
Schreiben gegen Schweigen: Grenzfahrungen in Jean Amery's autobiographischem Werk
Fiero, Petra S. Schreiben gegen Schweigen: Grenzfahrungen in Jean Amery's autobiographischem Werk. Hildesheim: Olms, 1997. 187 pp. DM 49.80. The details of Jean Amery's life are well known. Raised as a Catholic in Vienna as Hans Maier, Am6ry was declared...
Sex and history, or is there an erotic utopia in Dantons Tod?
Glossing Freud, Herbert Marcuse wrote in 1955 that the "methodical sacrifice of libido, its rigidly enforced deflection to socially useful activities and expressions, is culture."' Freud's thesis concerning the costs of progress, enunciated most clearly...
Theater ist Theater: Ein Vergleich der Kreidekreisstucke Bertolt Brechts und Li Xingdaos
Yang, Peter. Theater ist Theater: Ein Vergleich der Kreidekreisstucke Bertolt Brechts and Li Xingdaos. New York: Lang, 1998. 158 pp. $38.95. Central to this volume is a direct comparison of the Bertolt Brecht/Ruth Berlau Kaukasische Kreidekreis and...
The presentation of Herr von S. in Die Judenbuche
One of the most intriguing aspects of scholarship on Die Judenbuche is the divergence of views on the role and function of Herr von S. On the one hand, there are those who regard him as a fundamentally good man, an exemplar of Christianity, even God's...
The Search for Normality: National Identity and Historical Consciousness in Germany since 1800
Berger, Stefan. The Search for Normality: National Identity and Historical Consciousness in Germany since 1800. Providence: Berghahn. 1997. 307 pp. $59.95 This is a rich and informative analysis of the obsession of German historians with the nineteenth-century...
Unpopular Virtues. The Critical Reception of J.M.R. Lenz
Leidner, Alan, and Karin A. Worst. Unpopular Virtues. The Critical Reception of J M. R. Lenz. Rochester: Camden House, 1999. 167 pp. $55.00 hardcover. Die vorliegende Untersuchung widmet sich einem Autor, der nach fast zwei Jahrhunderten dauernder...
Von Luther zu Bismarck: Kulturkampf und nationale Identitat bei Theodor Fontane, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer und Gerhart Hauptmann
Sprengel, Peter. Von Luther zu Bismarck: Kulturkampf and rationale Identitat bei Theodor Fontane, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer and Gerhart Hauptmann. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 1999. 119pp. DM 34.00. Von Luther zu Bismarck proceeds from two unremarkable, but...
Vormarz und Klassik
Ehrlich, Lothar, Hartmut Steinecke, and Michael Vogt, eds. Vormarz and Klassik. Vormarz-Studien 1. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 1999. 300 pp. DM 48.00. The first in a new series dedicated to a reevaluation of the volatile Vormarz period, this volume contains...
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