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Modern German Literature

1880-1950, 1st Edition

By Jethro Bithell

Routledge

594 pages

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Description

Originally published in 1939 and revised in 1959, this book traces back to their origins the literary movements and phases of German literature of 1880 to 1950 as they occur and shows how and why they pass over into succeeding phases. It closely analyses Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism. The book includes discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.

Table of Contents

1. Naturalism 2. The Dramatists of Naturalism 3. Humorists, Satirists, Satanists and Visionaries 4. The Novel of Naturalism and Decadence 5. From Bahr to Dehmel 6. Stefan George and his Circle 7. Rilke 8. Hugo von Hofmannsthal 9. The Neo-Romantic and Austrian Dramatists 10. Cosmic Impressionists and Epic Infinities 11. Neo-Classicism 12. The Novel of Impressionism 13. The Women Writers 14. The Regional Novel 15. The Novel of Expressionism 16. Exotic Literature and the Colonial Novel 17. The Historical Novel 18. The Drama of Expressionism 19. Phases of Lyric Poetry 20. The Literature of Race and Soil 21. Philosophers and Sophists 22. Existentialism and Surrealism, Political and Religious Phases 23. Post-War Austrian Writers 24. The New Verse

About the Author

Jethro Bithell was Professor German at Birkbeck College, University of London

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

Originally published between 1938 and 1996, the volumes in this set provide a survey of German poetry, prose and fiction from the Middle Ages to the late 20th Century. In many cases no prior knowledge of German is necessary, as translations into English are provided. Many of the books focus particularly on German writers and literature from an international perspective.

The books:

  • Analyse Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism.

  • Include discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.

 

  • Provide guidebooks through the masses of periodicals and allows the English side of the Anglo-German literary relationship to be explored in detail.

  • Present a detailed analysis of the major literary movements in Austria and Germany from the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the Third Reich

 

  • Examine two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends

  • Survey the development of political writing in the former Federal Republic of Germany, Illustrating the connections between literature and politics

 

  • Elucidate the concealed meanings in some of the more obscure writings of great authors such as Goethe

  • Provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LCO008030
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / German
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General