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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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Idylls & Realities Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature

Idylls & Realities: Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature

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By J. P. Stern
December 31, 2021

Originally published in 1971, this book outlines the period of Germany’s belated industrial revolution and suggests why German literature does not, before the 1880s, contribute to the tradition of European realism. It considers the alternatives to realism offered in three genres of drama, poetry ...

Ludwig Tieck An Annotated Guide to Research

Ludwig Tieck: An Annotated Guide to Research

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By Dwight A. Klett
December 31, 2021

When originally published in 1993, this was the first bibliography of the secondary literature on Tieck. Given as much secondary literature surrounding Tieck’s life and works has been generated outside of his native Germany as within, this bibliography focuses particularly on his life and work from...

Modern German Literature 1880-1950

Modern German Literature: 1880-1950

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By Jethro Bithell
December 31, 2021

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 ...

Rainer Maria Rilke His Life and Work

Rainer Maria Rilke: His Life and Work

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By F. W. van Heerikhuizen
December 31, 2021

Originally published in English in 1951, this biography of one of Germany’s foremost mystical poets dis-proves many of the myths surrounding Rainer Maria Rilke and examines his life and work from social, historical and psychological perspectives, while all the time referencing Rilke’s works to his ...

Reason and Energy Studies in German Literature

Reason and Energy: Studies in German Literature

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By Michael Hamburger
December 31, 2021

Originally published in 1957, this volume brings together a collection of essays and hard to source translations on both well and lesser known German writers and poets, including Hölderlin, Benn, Mann and Nietzsche. The essays are linked by a consideration of the tension between the desire for what...

The Classical Centre Goethe and Weimar, 1775-1832

The Classical Centre: Goethe and Weimar, 1775-1832

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By T. J. Reed
December 31, 2021

Originally published in 1980, this book examines the nature and significance of Classicism as a literary phenomenon and relates the beginnings of the German variety to the search for a national identity in the circumstances of a politically fragmented eighteenth century Germany. It surveys the ...

The Genius of the German Lyric An Historic Survey Of Its Formal And Metaphysical Values

The Genius of the German Lyric: An Historic Survey Of Its Formal And Metaphysical Values

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By August Closs
December 31, 2021

Originally published in 1938 and updated in 1962, this remains one of the few comprehensive studies of the German lyric in any language, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 1960s. By the use of detailed critical analysis the book interprets the essence of German lyric poetry and includes a study of...

The German Poets of the First World War

The German Poets of the First World War

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By Patrick Bridgwater
December 31, 2021

Originally published in 1985, this book provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War. Including (in both German and English) the texts of all the main poems discussed, this book contains many not readily available elsewhere. Authors discussed...

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 10 A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 10: A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

1st Edition

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Edited By John Boening
December 31, 2021

The extensive scope of this collection means that this documentary record of the reception of German literature in England is a valuable scholarly resource. One of the most important features of British literary and intellectual history over the past 250 years is the influence of German literature....

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 2 A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 2: A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By John Boening
December 31, 2021

The extensive scope of this collection means that this documentary record of the reception of German literature in England is a valuable scholarly resource. One of the most important features of British literary and intellectual history over the past 250 years is the influence of German literature....

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 3 A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 3: A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By John Boening
December 31, 2021

The extensive scope of this collection means that this documentary record of the reception of German literature in England is a valuable scholarly resource. One of the most important features of British literary and intellectual history over the past 250 years is the influence of German literature....

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 4 A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860, Volume 4: A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By John Boening
December 31, 2021

The extensive scope of this collection means that this documentary record of the reception of German literature in England is a valuable scholarly resource. One of the most important features of British literary and intellectual history over the past 250 years is the influence of German literature....

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