The study of Austrian and German modernist literature has a long
and venerable history in this country. There have been no attempts
yet, however, to reassess German and Austrian literary modernism in
light of current discussion of modernity and postmodernity.
Addressing a set of historical and theoretical questions central to
current reevaluations of modernism, this volume presents American
readers with a state-of-the-art account of German modernism studies
in the eighties.
Essays by Jochen Schulte-Sasse, Russell A. Berman, Peter Uwe
Hohendahl, Judith Ryan, Mark Anderson, Klaus R. Scherpe, Biddy
Martin, Klaus L. Berghahn and Acbar Abbas, center around German and
Austrian literary and philosophical prose of the early twentieth
century. texts by well-known authors -Kafka, Rilke, Musil, Doblin,
Benjamin, Benn, and Junger - and less well-known ones -Franz Jung,
Carl Einstein, Ernst Bloch, Lou Andreas-Salome, are examined.
Particular attention is paid to the processes and strategies by
which certain experiences of "modern life" are translated into
modern aesthetic forms.
The unique contribution of this volume is that it combines
theory with an attempt to reintroduce an historical and contextual
dimension. The authors believe that their revisions of Ausrian and
German modernism will themselves be informed by a new set of
questions pertinent to the modernist debate.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Philosophy, History
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