On account that 1968, Oberlin collage has hosted a German writers-in-residence application, the oldest application of its style within the usa. The checklist of individuals in the course of its first 35 years is extraordinary, together with a few of the so much popular writers from Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland. Christa Wolf, Jurek Becker, Helga Novak, Ulrich Plenzdorf, Barbara Frischmuth, Tankred Dorst, and Peter Bichsel have been early individuals. extra lately, the German-Turkish author and poet Zafer Senocak used to be consultant of multicultural developments in German literature, whereas Anna Mitgutsch, Doron Rabinovici, and Peter Stephan Jungk have represented the recent iteration of German-Jewish writers. This ebook chronicles the writers-in-residence software from 1968 to 2003. a bit on each one writer comprises an introductory write-up courting from the time of the author's stopover at; details at the author's lifestyles and profession in view that that point; a brand new fictional or biographical contribution; and an up to date bibliography. The authors' contributions diversity from prose texts and poems that includes or encouraged by way of Oberlin to non-public tales, memories, diary entries, and letters. The e-book is bilingual, with lots of the new contributions in German, whereas the introductory texts and lots of the biographical updates are in English. The publication recollects moments of the final 35 years of eu historical past -- and ecu perspectives of the US and of a small city in Ohio that has replaced but remained an identical. Dorothea Kaufmann is a member of the school in place of dwelling, and Heidi Thomann Tewarson is Professor and Chair, either within the division of German Language and Literatures at Oberlin collage.
By George C. Schoolfield
Even though Rainer Maria Rilke and his paintings were a lot studied and written approximately over the last century -- as befits the possibly most crucial German-language poet of contemporary occasions -- definite points of his adolescence and profession were overlooked or are short of a clean glance. therefore, this e-book investigates Rilke's existence and occupation from formative years until eventually the verge of thirty. the following the reader unearths the hysterical, harried tutee clinging to Valerie von Rhonfeld; the smart, supercilious, and concerned stroller via Prague of Larenopfer; the narcissistic diarist preening for Lou Andreas-Salomé in Italy and in different places; the priggishly high-minded yet deadly reviewer of German-language literature; the committed yet delusional presenter of Nordic letters. a last part specializes in 13 poems or poem clusters composed among 1892 and 1900 and in most cases left untouched by means of Rilke scholarship. whereas based seriously at the facts of the texts themselves, the current writer permits himself to conjecture approximately, for example, the strains left through the boy's hasty education in Latin; his wisdom -- or lack of knowledge -- of Czech nationwide opera and renowned literature; the genesis of a few willfully "decadent" poems; his unusual literary likes and dislikes; etc. From this "Wirrnis" (confusion, clutter; one in all his favourite words), the younger Rilke emerges as a dogged self-educator, and, for all his laments and insecurities and languorous poses, a determine of contrast, talented with a virtually preternatural verbal inventiveness and recondite strength. George C. Schoolfield is Emeritus Professor of German and Scandinavian Literature at Yale.
By Graeme Davis
Osip Mandelstam, Russian Symbolist and Acmeist poet, is brought via this feature of 11 of his poems in an English translation:
• Stone - On faded blue enamel
• A physique has been given to me
• More slow is the snowy beehive
• I hate the light
• Notre Dame
• Stanzas approximately St Petersburg
• I didn't listen the stories of Ossian
• I am cold
• In Petropolis
• Take in your joy
• Hagia Sophia
By John Neubauer, Borbála Zsuzsanna Török
This primary comparative examine of writers who fled from either the Nazi and Communist dictatorships in East-Central Europe contains interpretations of person trajectories, literary works, and exile literary cultures. A old and theoretical advent offers an summary of the occasions and experiences exile cultures from Paris, London, and manhattan to Moscow, Toronto, and Buenos Aires. Interpretations of decide upon writers are complemented by means of experiences of the most exile journals, publishers, and institutions. specified cognizance is dedicated to the issues of "homecoming."
In his pursuit of the unknown in Joyce’s works, Edmund Epstein has made new discoveries of Joyce via an awesome diversity of references and documentation, from Hebrew to Classical and sleek eu inspiration. This e-book may be of speedy and priceless value not just to Joyce students yet to scholars and readers of recent literature in general.
The trend Epstein sees in Joyce’s works is the clash of generations, the routine trend of human nature which Joyce sought to find and describe. Mr. Epstein follows Joyce’s operating of the method via A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy to its climax in Ulysses, and always refers to Finnegans Wake for corroboration and standpoint. invaluable in itself for its new interpreting of Joyce, Epstein’s paintings deals new interpretations of topics and logos that have heretofore wondered Joyce scholars.
By Douglas Robinson
Drawing jointly the estrangement theories of Viktor Shklovsky and Bertolt Brecht with Leo Tolstoy's idea of an infection, Douglas Robinson reviews the ways that shared evaluative impact regulates either literary familiarity―convention and tradition―and glossy innovations of alienation, depersonalization, and malaise.
This booklet starts with assumptions, either taken from Tolstoy's overdue aesthetic treatise What Is artwork? (1898): that there's a malaise in tradition, and that literature's strength to "infect" readers with the ethical values of the writer is a potential remedy for this malaise. Exploring those principles of estrangement in the contexts of prior, modern, and later serious thought, Robinson argues that Shklovsky and Brecht stick with Tolstoy of their efforts to struggle depersonalization by way of imbuing readers with the transformative information of collectivized feeling. Robinson's somatic method of literature deals a robust substitute to depersonalizing structuralist and poststructuralist theorization with out easily chickening out into conservative rejection and reaction.
Both a comparative examine of Russian and German literary-theoretical background and an insightful exam of the somatics of literature, this groundbreaking paintings offers a deeper figuring out of the way literature impacts the reader and gives a brand new viewpoint on present-day difficulties in poststructuralist methods to the human condition.
By Oliver Pötzsch
The yr is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl gets a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial urban of Regensburg, the place a ugly sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the homicide, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for years.
Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a tender medicus named Simon hasten to his reduction. With assistance from an underground community of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they notice that in the back of the fake accusation is a plan that may endanger the full German Empire.
Chock-full of ancient aspect, The Beggar King brings to vivid lifestyles one other story of an not going hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a author to watch.
By James H. Reid
This comparability of the narrative thoughts of 2 of the 20 th century's most vital writers of prose combines theoretical research and textual content examine of Proust's A los angeles recherche du temps perdu and Beckett's trilogy of novels, Molloy, Malone dies, and The Unnamable. James Reid's learn is a vital contribution to the severe literature, and gives clean views at the the most important importance of the Recherche and the trilogy within the context of the twentieth-century novel.
Long in practise and in significant call for, listed here are the basic poems and prose of 1 of the giants of twentieth century global literature. Following an authoritative creation via Reinhold Grimm, the amount contains German and English poems on dealing with pages.
Joseph's Cinderella-like upward push to a place of unbelievable energy led Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain to cherish the tale. The cross-cultural examine the biblical story comprises poetry, tales and essays approximately Joseph.