German Literature of the Twentieth Century: From Aestheticism to Postmodernism

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September 2001



Traces literary developments in the German-speaking countries from 1900 to the present.


Part 1 Before 1945 - Modernism and Modernism delayed: inventing master maps - Modernism - the first decade of the 20th century - Aestheticism - Impressionism and Symbolism, the 1910s -the first phase of avant-garde literature - Expressionism and Dada, the 1920s - high Modernism and the second phase of the avant-garde - Surrealistic elements and new objectivity; imposing a total map - Fascism - the literary continuum - from anti-Modern to Modernist voices, the national Socialist literary canon - the uneasy voice of reactionary traditions, Modernist literature - the many voices of defiance. Part 2 After 1945 - Modernism revisited and Postmodernism: defining local maps - the second phase of Modernism - 1945-1949 - the immediate postwar years - defining different traditions in East and West, the 1950s - Modernism or Formalism - nonconformist literature in the West vs. Socialist Realism in the East, the 1960s - change in literary awareness -politicization in the West and emancipation of subjectivity in the East; adding partial maps - elements of - Postmodernism - the 1970s - increasing plurality - new sensitivity in the West and continuing emancipation in the East, the 1980s - new confusions -resurgence of storytelling and converging literature in East and West, the 1990s - a new order of things - German issues and global themes in German-language literature.


INGO STOEHR teaches literature at Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas, and is the editor of the 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
EAN: 9781571131577
ISBN: 1571131574
Untertitel: 'Camden House History of German'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2001
Seitenanzahl: 543 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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