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Routledge Library Editions: German Literature


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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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A Complete Concordance to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival

A Complete Concordance to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival

1st Edition

By Clifton D. Hall
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1990, this massive work of scholarship provides an invaluable reference tool for efficient textual investigation to a medieval masterpiece and one of the most significant Middle High German poems. Function words and selected high frequency words with related forms, omitted ...

Counterparts The Dynamics of Franco-German Literary Relationships 1770-1895

Counterparts: The Dynamics of Franco-German Literary Relationships 1770-1895

1st Edition

By Lilian R. Furst
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1977, this volume gives a co-hesive overview of Franco-German literary relationships between 1770 and 1895. It discerns the dynamics and outlines the structure of the interrelationship. The two literatures develop in a broadly similar direction in the nineteenth century, but...

Eduard Mörike The Man and the Poet

Eduard Mörike: The Man and the Poet

1st Edition

By Margaret Mare
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1957, this was the first biography and full account of Eduard Mörike’s works to appear in English. One of the greatest German lyric poets, Mörike is, according to some critics equal to Goethe as a lyricist. This book was the first attempt to analyse Mörike’s highly ...

From Baroque to Storm and Stress 1720-1775

From Baroque to Storm and Stress 1720-1775

1st Edition

By Friedhelm Radandt
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1977, this volume traces the development of literary forms and themes and of movements and schools, during the overtly philosophical age. It begins with the prominent poets of the 1720s and 1730s: Brockes, Hagedorn and Haller. It charts the many attempts at formulating ...

Georg Büchner

Georg Büchner

1st Edition

By A. H. J. Knight
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1951 this full length study gives an account of Büchner’s life and personality, together with an account of his three plays, his unfinished short story, his scientific publications and his translations of Hugo....

German Literature under National Socialism

German Literature under National Socialism

1st Edition

By J. M. Ritchie
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1983, this study starts with an exploration of proto-Nazi literature in the early 20th Century and pursues later developments up to the arrival of fully-fledged National Socialism. Not only literature within Germany is covered; after 1933 republican writers forced into exile...

German Lyric Poetry A Critical Analysis of Selected Poems from Klopstock to Rilke

German Lyric Poetry: A Critical Analysis of Selected Poems from Klopstock to Rilke

1st Edition

By S. S. Prawer
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1952, this book provides a detailed critical analysis of 40 German lyrics. All the poems analysed are reprinted in full, so that criticism may be checked by reference to the original text. The book therefore provides a unique introduction to German poetry from the Age of ...

German Romantic Literature

German Romantic Literature

1st Edition

By Ralph Tymms
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1955, this book discusses Romantic principles and their interpretation in literary practice, supported by the documentation (with translations) of numerous quotations from the writings of the romantic authors themselves. The emphasis lies on the evolution of Romantic ideas ...

German and Song 1740 - 1900

German and Song 1740 - 1900

1st Edition

By John Smeed
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1987, this volume charts the development of German song across a century and a half, relating it both to poetry and to the cultural scene in Germany. By emphasising genre rather than individual composers and while paying heed to acknowledged masterpieces – by quoting ...

Goethe and the Philosopher’s Stone Symbolical Patterns in 'The Parable' and the Second Part of 'Faust'

Goethe and the Philosopher’s Stone: Symbolical Patterns in 'The Parable' and the Second Part of 'Faust'

1st Edition

By Alice Pearl Raphael
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1965, this study examines the concealed meanings in the second part of Faust, often considered obscure. It is of value not only to students of literature but also comparative religions, as it deals with Goethe’s knowledge of ancient myths, mysteries and Hellenistic religions...

Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

1st Edition

By John R. Williams
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1987, this is a thorough and lucid introduction and commentary to the whole of Goethe’s Faust. It gives the student of German and European literature valuable insights into the most important work of Germany’s foremost poet. German quotations are translated or paraphrased in...

Heroic Legends of the North An Introduction to the Nibelung and Dietrich Cycles

Heroic Legends of the North: An Introduction to the Nibelung and Dietrich Cycles

1st Edition

By Edward R. Haymes, Susann T. Samples
February 12, 2020

Originally published in 1996, this book is a study of two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends. It traces its two legendary topics form their historical roots during the last centuries of the Roman Empire to the medieval texts that make them known to...

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