German Quarterly

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

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 4, Fall

Afterlives: Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany
Choe, Steve. Afterlives: Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 288pp. $120.00 (hardcover).An insightful contribution to our understanding of the phenomenology of film, this book examines how films not only...
Als Berlin Leuchtete. Kunst Und Leben in Den Zwanziger Jahren
Schenk, Dietmar. Als Berlin leuchtete. Kunst und Leben in den zwanziger Jahren. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2015. 264pp. euro49.00 (paperback)."Es gibt gute Gründe dafür, Kunst und Leben gerade mit Blick auf die Zwanziger Jahre in einem Atemzug zu nennen":...
A Renewed Look at Christa Wolf 'S "Neue Lebensansichten Eines Katers": Authority, Parody, and Readers as Scientists
Christa Wolf's death in December 2011 provoked an increase in scholarly attention focusing on her most recent work, Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, as well as some of her more enduring ideas, such as identity or Heimat.1 In light of the...
Benjamin-Studien 3
Weidner, Daniel, and Sigrid Weigel, eds. Benjamin-Studien 3. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2014. 298pp. euro34.90 (paperback).Benjamin-Studien 3 is the third in the series begun in 2008. It was preceded by a single volume of Benjamin Studies: Perception and...
"Es War Noch Einmal ein Traum Von Einem Leben." Schicksale Jüdischer Landwirte Am Bodensee, 1930-1960
Bosch, Manfred, and Oswald Burger. "Es war noch einmal ein Traum von einem Leben. " Schicksale jüdischer Landwirte am Bodensee, 1930-1960. Kontanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft, 2015. 240pp. euro24.99 (paperback).This book, published with financial support...
Kempowski's War
1Walter Kempowski's ten-volume Das Echolot. Ein kollektives Tagebuch (1993-2005) is one of the most interesting literary representations of modern warfare ever produced. A monumental montage of thousands of texts, Das Echolot offers an original and penetrating...
On the Invention of an "Essentialist View of Culture": Thinking outside the Prevalent Cultural Studies Discourse on Culturally and Ethnically Heterogeneous Germany
Several years ago, book titles such as the US-American Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy, the British A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe, and the German Feindbild Moslem (which can be translated as "the Muslim bogeyman")...
Philipp Melanchthon in der Briefkultur Des 16. Jahrhunderts
Dall'Asta, Matthias, Heidi Hein, and Christine Mundhenk, eds. Philipp Melanchthon in der Briefkultur des 16. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2015. 345pp. euro45.00 (hardcover).The year 2013 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Melanchthon-Forschungsstelle...
Poetry as a Way of Life: Aesthetics and Askesis in the German Eighteenth Century
Trop, Gabriel. Poetry as a Way of Life: Aesthetics and Askesis in the German Eighteenth Century. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2015. 388pp. $89.95 (hardcover).Poetry as a Way of Life rereads the works of Hölderlin, Novalis, and various rococo poets (e.g.,...
Protestantische Selbstverortung. Die Rezensionen Ernst Troeltschs
Bienert, Maren. Protestantische Selbstverortung. Die Rezensionen Ernst Troeltschs. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. 206pp. euro69.95 (hardcover).Dr. Maren Bienert is Junior Professor for Systematic Theology at the University of Hildesheim. This book is a revision...
Studien Zur Geschichte der Filmfabrik Wolfen Und der IG Farbenindustrie AG in Mitteldeutschland
Karlsch, Rainer, and Helmut Maier, eds. Studien zur Geschichte der Filmfabrik Wolfen und der IG Farbenindustrie AG in Mitteldeutschland. Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2014. 267pp. euro34,95 (paperback).When the German Democratic Republic imploded in 1990,...
The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border
Komska, Yuliya. The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2015. 290pp. $45.00 (hardcover).Yuliya Komska's monograph about the border region between Bavaria and Czechoslovakia brilliantly contributes to the growing number...
Thomas Mann and Shakespeare: Something Rich and Strange
Döring, Tobias, and Ewan Fernie, eds. Thomas Mann and Shakespeare: Something Rich and Strange. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. 280pp. $120.00 (hardcover).Although Thomas Mann was steeped in the German tradition of Goethe, schiller, the Romantics and schopenhauer,...
Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature
Herrmann, Elisabeth, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner, eds. Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015. 284 pp. $90.00 (hardcover).The last couple of years have seen a proliferation of publications...
What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin
Al-Daif, Rashid and Joachim Helfer. What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin. Trans. and ed. Ken Seigneurie and Gary Schmidt. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2015. 266pp. $30.00 (paperback).In 2003, the Lebanese novelist Rashid al-Daif came to Berlin...
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