This study of German literature in the past hundred years sets its subject clearly in the artistic and political context of developments in Western Europe during the century. It begins with the turn-of-the-century aestheticism and visions of decay led by Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal and other Austrian writers, and the quite different explosion of new artistic energy in the Expressionist and Dada movements. These movements are succeeded by the rise of Modernism, culminating in the inter-war years: the poetry of Rilke, Brecht's epic theatre, and novels by Thomas Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Musil, Doblin and Broch; the influence of Nazism on literary production is considered. The study of developments after 1945 reflects the struggle to establish a post-Holocaust literature and to deal with the questions posed by the political division of Germany. Finally, the convergence of East and West German literature after unification is addressed.
Ingo R. Stoehr teaches literature at Kilgore College, Texas, and is editor of the bilingual journal of German literature in English translation, Dimension2.
The author's unique approach offers a refreshing departure from traditional literary histories...There are several benefits to Stoehr's approach, not least of which is the advantage of viewing literary production in the context of discrete decades....That a single author can craft a book of such range and subtlety is truly an admirable task. The book is well written, closely edited, and produced with the quality for which Camden House has become known. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
An outstanding ... work of reference.... Anyone who produces a book as detailed and comprehensive as this has acomplished a superhuman task, covering a wealth of literary movements and an astonishing multitude of aspects, each of which requires considerable expertise.... A useful, stimulating compendium of information on, and evaluations of, the whole of 20th-century German literature. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
Stoehr has produced an impressive and wide-ranging ... overview of the century and a useful introduction for German undergraduates and beyond. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
Series: CAMDEN HOUSE HISTORY OF GERMAN LITERATURE
Number Of Pages: 543
Published: 2nd October 2001
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 1.07