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Rilke, Europe, and the English-Speaking World - Eudo C. Mason

Rilke, Europe, and the English-Speaking World

Paperback Published: 11th August 2011
ISBN: 9780521168373
Number Of Pages: 282

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In this 1961 text, Professor Mason examines the complex of ambiguous attitudes which Rilke had towards Europe, in particular his hostility towards England and the English language. He proves that Rilke knew more English than he admitted, had English friends, and valued his English admirers. Professor Mason also shows that the heart of the matter is also at the heart of Rilke's poetry; that he identified England and above all America with forces which were robbing his Europe of its spiritual significance. The central passages of the Duino Elegies are thus seen from a fresh perspective. Professor Mason is writing of a genius who was also tiresome, and there is a pleasant astringent touch in many parts of the book. For readers of Rilke it is essential: written at a time when the European ideal had to be given life in England and substance in Europe, it provides any European with something to consider.

Rilke's conception of Europe
Rilke and his native Austria
Rilke and Germany
Rilke and the English language
Stereotyped estimates of Anglo-Saxon culture
'Neuromantik' and its English precursors
Rilke and English literature after 1902
Rilke and the Anglo-Saxon abroad
Rilke's real quarrel with the English-speaking world
General index
Index of Rilke's writings
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521168373
ISBN-10: 0521168376
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 11th August 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.36