German Quarterly

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

Articles from January 2007

A Companion to the Works of Alfred Döblin
Dollinger, Roland, Wulf Koepke, and Heidi Thomann Tewarson, eds. A Companion to the Works of Alfred Döblin. Rochester: Camden House, 2004. 309 pp. $85.00 doth. Among the major Modernist authors, few are so closely associated with a single work as is...
Austrian Cinema: A History
20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture Dassanowsky, Robert von. Austrian Cinema: A History. Jefferson: McFarland, 2005. 328 pp., 47 photographs. $65.00 hardcover. At the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and at other prestigious competitions, Austrian...
Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstaette
Noever, Peter, ed. Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstaette. New York: Neue Galerie/Yale, 2002.432 pp. 175.00 hardcover. Dagobert Peche (1887-1923) was a designer affiliated with the Wiener Werkstätte whose work was surveyed at two major museums in...
Die Nibelungen: Lied und Sage
Heinzle, Joachim. Die Nibelungen: Lied und Sage. Darmstadt: Primus Verlag, 2005. 144 pp. 70 illustrations. euro56.00 hardcover. The three sections of Joachim Heinzle's monograph on the Nibelungen ait devoted to three logical stages of evidence surrounding...
Eine geheime Botschaft in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg und Parsifal: Jüdisches, Christliches und Antisemitisches in zwei Werken von Richard Wagner
Es liegt durchaus in der Absicht des Verfassers, mit einem ungewöhnlichen Titel die Neugier all jener hervorzurufen, die beide Werke, um die es hier gehen soll, hinlänglich zu kennen glauben: jene strahlende und durchsichtige "deutsche Festoper" und...
Estranging Memory in Ilse Aichinger1
In Vienna during the Second World War, Use Aichinger was identified by the National Socialists as a "first degree half-breed," having a non-Jewish father and a mother who was classified as Jewish. Aichinger, born in 1921, avoided being deported, as did...
From Goethe to Gide: Feminism, Aesthetics and the French and German Literary Canon 1770-1936
Orr, Mary, and Lesley Sharpe, eds. From Goethe to Gide: Feminism, Aesthetics and the French and German Literary Canon 1770-1936. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2005. 262 pp. $29.95 paperback. This volume of essays presents feminist approaches to...
From the Editor
As we begin volume 80, we should remind ourselves not only of GQ's venerability but also of its ongoing presence in both the actuality and the activation of German culture in the US. German remains a "core" language in our schools; but anyone who enters...
Germany's Nature. Cultural Landscapes and Environmental History
Lekan, Thomas, and Thomas Zeller, eds. Germany's Nature. Cultural Landscapes and Environmental History. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005. 266 pp. $54.95 paperback. This book makes a welcome contribution to German environmental history,...
Geschichte(n) - Erzählen. Konstruktionen von Vergangenheit in literarischen Werken deutschsprachiger Autorinnen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert
Henn, Marianne, Irmela von der Löhe, and Anita Runge, eds. Geschichte(n) - Erzählen. Konstruktionen von Vergangenheit in literarischen Werken deutschsprachiger Autorinnen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2005. 303 pp. euro28.00 paperback. Geschichte(n)...
Hermann Broch. Politik, Menschenrechte-und Literatur?
Eicher, Thomas, Paul Michael Lützeler, and Hartmut Steinecke, eds. Hermann Broch. Politik, Menschenrechte-und Literatur? Oberhausen: AthenaVerlag 2005. 300 pp. euro29.50 paperback. Es handelt sich bei dieser Publikation um eine Zusammenstellung von...
Höfische Repräsentation: Symbolische Kommunikation und Literatur im Mittelalter
Wenzel, Horst. Höfische Repräsentation: Symbolische Kommunikation und Literatur im Mittelalter. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2005. 308 pp. euro59.90 hardcover. This volume brings together twelve previously published essays analyzing...
Is Literature Still Central to German Studies?
"Literature" versus "Culture" Literature has always stood in need of being justified. What should be special about its precarious position in German studies? Before I attempt an outline of its shifting fortunes within the discipline of German in the...
Jurek Becker: A Life in Five Worlds
Gilman, Sander L. Jurek Becker: A Life in Five Worlds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 282 pp. $30.00 hardcover. Since his death in 1997, a shroud of silence has settled on the important legacy of Jurek Becker. Particularly in the U.S.,...
Landmarks in German Comedy
Hutchinson, Peter, ed. Landmarks in German Comedy. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.245 pp. $52.95 paperback. This volume presents lectures originally delivered at the University of Cambridge between October 14,2004, and March 3, 2005. It opens with Peter...
Mechthild of Magdeburg: Selections from the Flowing Light of the Godhead
Medieval Literature and Culture Andersen, Elizabeth A., ed. and trans. Mechthild of Magdeburg: Selections from the Flowing Light of the Godhead. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003. 170 pp. $70.00 hardcover. With her earlier book entitled The Voices of Mechthild...
Music and Literature in German Romanticism
18th and 19th Century Literature and Culture Donovan, Siobhán, and Robin Ettiott, eds. Music and Literature in German Romanticism. Rochester: Camden House, 2004. 233 pp. $75.00 hardcover. The terse and direct title of this book, though serviceable and...
"O Vater, laß uns ziehn!" Literarische Vater-Töchter Beziehungen um 1900. Gabriele Reuter, Hedwig Dohm, Lou Andreas-Salomé
Pechota Vuilleumier, Cornelia. "O Vater, laß uns ziehn!" Literarische Vater-Töchter Beziehungen um 1900. Gabriele Reuter, Hedwig Dohm, Lou Andreas-Salomé. Hildesheim: Olms, 2005. 412 pp. euro58.00 hardcover. "O Vater, laß uns ziehn!," accepted in 2003...
Ritter, Schiff und Dame: Mauritius von Craûn: Text und Kontext
Fischer, Hubertus. Ritter, Schiff und Dame: Mauritius von Craûn: Text und Kontext. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006. 311 pp. euro40.00 hardcover. Mit Freude registriert man, dass die berühmte mittelhochdeutsche Versnovelle Mauritius von Craûn...
Sexuality and German Fascism
Herzog, Dagmar, ed. Sexuality and German Fascism. New York: Berghahn Books, 2004. 352 pp. $25.00 paperback. Images of Nazi sexuality are fraught with seemingly irreconcilable dichotomies. The picture of a sexually prosecutorial police state clashes...
Spirituality and Politics in the Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
Wailes, Stephen L. Spirituality and Politics in the Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2006. 290 pp. $60.00 hardcover. Stephen L. Wailes organizes his discussion of spirituality and politics in Hrotsvit...
Tautologien der Ordnung: Zu einer Poetologie des Sammelns bei Adalbert Stifter1
I Während im späten 18. Jahrhundert sich mit dem Sammeln ein neues Ordnungsdenken verbindet, das - mit den Worten Johann Gustav Droysens - das Bedürfnis ausdrückt, "sich des Gesammelten historisch zu bemächtigen" (Droysen 43), tritt gegen Ende des 19....
Views from the German-Polish Border: The Exploration of Inter-national Space in Halbe Treppe and Lichter
With the fall of the Wall and the unification of the two Germanics, the new country recovered its status as Europe's largest land and as the country with the most neighbors on its borders. Its neighbors, not always allies, share histories with Germany...
W. G. Sebald. Mémoire. Transferts. Images. Erinnerung. Ubertragungen. Bilder
Vogel-Klein, Ruth, ed W. G. Sebald. Mémoire. Transferts. Images. Erinnerung. Ubertragungen. Bilder. Strasbourg: Université Marc Bloch, 2005. 223 pp. euro18.30 paperback. W. G. Sebald's oeuvre seems to contain keys that unlock the whole of the library....
"Without Poachers, No Foresters, and Vice Versa":1 Political Violence in Günter Grass's Ein weites Feld
In the months after the Berlin Wall collapsed, Gunter Grass repeatedly called for a slower process of political and economic reform.2 For citizens of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), German reunification proved difficult as the Treuhand agency,...
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