German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byNicholas Boyle

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German writers, be it Goethe, Nietzsche, Marx, Brecht or Mann, have had a profound influence on the modern world. This iVery Short Introduction/i illuminates the particular character and power of German literature and its impact on the wider cultural world. Nicholas Boyle presents an engrossing tour of the course of German literature from the middle Ages to the 20th century, focussing especially on the last 250 years. He looks at key themes like idealism, modernism, and trauma, showing how they have imbued the great German writers with such distinctivevoices.

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German writers, be it Goethe, Nietzsche, Marx, Brecht or Mann, have had a profound influence on the modern world. This iVery Short Introduction/i illuminates the particular character and power of German literature and its impact on the wider cultural world. Nicholas Boyle presents an engrossing tour of the course of German literature f...

Nicholas Boyle is Professor of German Literary and Intellectual History at Cambridge University. He has so far published two volumes of his prizewinnning biography, iGoethe: the Poet and the Age/i, and his most recent book is iSacred and Secular Scriptures: a Catholic approach to literature/i published in 2004, based on the Erasmus Le...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The Bourgeois and the Official: A Historical Overview2. The Laying of the Foundations (to 1781)3. The Age of Enlightenment (1720-1781)4. The Age of Idealism (1781-1832)5. The Age of Materialism (1832 to 1914)6. Traumas and Memories (1914-)7. Austria and the Hapsburg Empire8. The Literature of German-Speaking SwitzerlandFurther Reading and ReferencesIndex