German Quarterly

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

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 4, Fall

Against "Collective Caruso": Male Vulnerability in Hanns Eisler's Early Choruses
Male Voices in Weimar BerlinIn the 2017 television series Babylon Berlin, contemporary viewers see not only the well-known cabaret scene and communist workers' movement of the 1920s, but also the plight of World War I veterans, often struck with inexplicable...
Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews
Geller, Jay. Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories ofthe Jews. Fordham UP, 2017. 408 pp. $75 (hardcover).Jay Geller must have been collecting beasts-or rather, textual identifications of Jews with beasts-for quite a long time before gathering them...
Critical Formalism: Max Graf, Julius Korngold, and the Language of "Modern Music" in Vienna around 1900
1904 was a transitional year for music in Vienna. In March, Alexander Zemlinsky and Arnold Schoenberg founded the Vereinigung schaffender Tonkünstler in Wien (hereafter VST) to promote "zeitgenössische Tonkunst." They announced the organization by circulating...
Introduction: Music and German Culture
This special issue of the German Quarterly contains nine essays by authors who responded to a call-for-papers that asked for abstracts looking at the intersections of music and German culture. In our selection-we received 32 abstracts in response to...
Jazz Als Literarisches Symbol der (Unterhaltungs-)Kultur in der Weimarer Republik
Die Entwicklung der Massenkultur in der Weimarer Republik ist in unserer heutigen populären Vorstellung unterlegt mit einem Soundtrack aus Jazzmusik. Diese Vorstellung entspricht, zumindest ab der zweiten Hälfte der 1920er Jahre völlig den Tatsachen,...
Kafka: In Light of the Accident
Caygill, Howard. Kafka: In Light of the Accident. Bloomsbury, 2017. 245 pp. $28 (hardback).Kafka: In Light of the Accident is at its core an iconoclastic work, a book that aims to shake up the status quo of Kafka studies and offer new insights into one...
Language and Ideology in the German Reception of Bruckner's Symphonies in the 1930s
The symphonies of the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) currently occupy a secure if relatively marginal position in musical life; they are performed regularly by many orchestras but are hardly the focus of great cultural energy. The situation...
Mad Mädchen: Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film
McCarthy, Margaret. Mad Mädchen: Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film. Berghahn, 2017. 258 pp. $120 (hardcover).Margaret McCarthy's study of feminism and generational conflict begins with a discussion of the events...
Natur Und Figur. Goethe Im Kontext
Böhme, Hartmut. Natur und Figur. Goethe im Kontext. Wilhelm Fink, 2016. 460 pp. €49.90 (paperback).Böhme's book offers a series of erudite and insightful articles on the aesthetic experience of nature, material culture, and the history of science in...
Paul Celan's Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre
Connolly, Thomas C. Paul Celan's Unfinished Poetics: Readings in the Sous-Oeuvre. Legenda, 2018. 251 pp. $99/€85 (hardback).This is an enormously ambitious book offering new readings of the late Celan; but is also a manifesto about how to read poetry...
(Post-)Colonialism across Europe: Transcultural History and National Memory
Göttsche, Dirk, and Axel Dunker, editors. (Post-)Colonialism across Europe: Transcultural History and National Memory. Aisthesis, 2014. 390 pp. €39.80 (paperback).(Post-)Colonialism across Europe is a timely contribution to the growing field of "transnational...
Private Anarchy: Impossible Community and the Outsider's Monologue in German Experimental Fiction
Buchholz, Paul. Private Anarchy: Impossible Community and the Outsider's Monologue in German Experimental Fiction. Northwestern UP, 2018. XI + 242 pp. $99.95 (hardcover).The cover image of Private Anarchy initially appears to be a singularly uninviting...
Robert Schumanns Religiöser Nationalismus Um 1848
Am 1. April des Revolutionsjahres 1848, am Tag nach der konstituierenden Sitzung des Vorparlaments in Frankfurt, komponiert Robert Schumann einen überschwänglichen „Deutschen Freiheitsgesang". Schon zehn Tage später ist aus dieser Beschäftigung ein kleiner...
Singing Print, Reading Song: Navigating Voice and Writing in Herder's Volkslieder
How can one read song? Reading is silent, introspective, singular; singing is audible, performative, plural. In his folksong collections, Johann Gottfried Herder acknowledges this dualism and favors song. Yet he asks his readers to navigate the divide...
Spontini and the City: Bach and Musical Politics in Berlin
Berlin, May 1820. At the age of 47, and after a lucrative career as one of the principal opera composers in France, Italian-born Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) moved to Berlin at the invitation of King Friedrich Wilhelm Ill to commence his tenure as the...
Stereotype and Destiny in Arthur Schnitzler's Prose: Five Psycho-Sociological Readings
Kolkenbrock, Marie. Stereotype and Destiny in Arthur Schnitzlers Prose: Five PsychoSociological Readings. Bloomsbury, 2018. X + 268 pp. $120 (hardback).Vienna around 1900 is, like Berlin in the 1920s, one of those times and places to which scholars continually...
The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art Cinema
Abel, Marco, andJaimey Fisher, editors. The Berlin School and its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art Cinema. Wayne State UP, 2018. 364 pp. $31.99 (paperback).Marco Abel and Jaimey Fisher's 2018 edited volume The Berlin School and its Global Contexts:...
The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History
Evans, Jennifer, Paul Betts, and Stefan Ludwig Hoffmann, editors. The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German History. Berghahn, 2018. 306 pp. $150/?107 (hardcover).In her 1977 classic On Photography, Susan Sontag wrote that "photographs...
The Representation of Female Power in Ethel Smyth's der Wald (1902)
In March 1903, the Metropolitan Opera presented Ethel Smyth's Der Wald in a double bill with Verdi's Il Trovatore. It was the first opera by a female composer to be produced by the company, and it remained the only one in the twentieth century.1 Der...
Viktor Ullmanns der Kaiser Von Atlantis Oder Die Tod-Verweigerung (1944) Als Form Utopischen Widerstands
1. Theresienstadt als HeterotopieDer tschechische Musikwissenschaftler Milan Kuna stellt in seiner Studie Musik an der Grenze des Lebens in Bezug auf Viktor Ullmanns Der Kaiser von Atlantis fest: „man findet in der Geschichte der modernen Oper wohl kaum...
Writing to Change the World: Anna Seghers, Authorship, and International Solidarity in the Twentieth Century
Janzen, Marike. Writing to Change the World: Anna Seghers, Authorship, and International Solidarity in the Twentieth Century. Camden House, 2018. 170 pp. $85 (hardback).While the concept of writing as an act of solidarity is a project mostly attributed...
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