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Anxious Anatomy
Anxious Anatomy (August 2008)
The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse
Stefani Engelstein - Author

Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.

In Anxious Anatomy, Stefani Engelstein reconstructs the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century human body to offer startling new readings of major works by Goethe, Blake, Heinrich von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Engelstein links research on reproduction both to the ability ...(Read More)
Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom
Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (September 2006)
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Jeff Love - Translated with an introduction and notes by
Johannes Schmidt - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Schelling’s masterpiece investigating evil and freedom.

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt offer a fresh translation of Schelling’s enigmatic and influential masterpiece, widely recognized as an indispensable work of German Idealism.  The text is an embarrassment of riches—both wildly adventurous and somberly prescient. Martin Heidegger claimed that it was “one of the deepest works of Germ...(Read More)
Staging History
Staging History (April 2005)
Brecht's Social Concepts of Ideology
Astrid Oesmann - Author

Examines Brecht's use of the theatre as a public arena for political change.

Staging History analyzes the commitment to social change present in the theatrical and theoretical writings of Bertolt Brecht. Challenging previous notions, Astrid Oesmann argues that Brecht's work was less dependent on Marxist ideology than is often assumed and that his work should be seen as a coherent whole. Brecht used the stage to releas...(Read More)
Lacan in the German-Speaking World
Lacan in the German-Speaking World (May 2004)
Elizabeth Stewart - Editor
Maire Jaanus - Editor
Richard Feldstein - Editor

Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.

This book offers a selection of the best work on Lacan that has been published over the past ten years by RISS, a Swiss journal of Lacanian studies. Though focused on Lacan and Freud, the collection is partly about Germany itself, addressing questions of trauma, historical memory, politics, fascism,...(Read More)
Borders of a Lip
Borders of a Lip (December 2003)
Romanticism, Language, History, Politics
Jan Plug - Author

Explores the role of language, history, and politics in Romantic literature and thought, from Kant to Yeats.

This book recasts questions about the overlapping boundaries of language, history, and politics that have been at the center of critical and theoretical debates in the study of Romantic literature and thought. While poststructuralism and deconstruction have been accused of privileging language over history, the...(Read More)
The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism
The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism (December 2003)
Manfred Frank - Author
Elizabeth Millan - Translator

Explores the philosophical contributions and contemporary relevance of early German Romanticism.

Often portrayed as a movement of poets lost in swells of passion, early German Romanticism has been generally overlooked by scholars in favor of the great system-builders of the post-Kantian period, Schelling and Hegel. In the twelve lectures collected here, Manfred Frank redresses this oversight, offering an in-depth expl...(Read More)
The Abyss Above
The Abyss Above (July 2002)
Philosophy and Poetic Madness in Plato, Holderlin, and Nietzsche
Silke-Maria Weineck - Author

Uses the figure of the mad poet to explore the connections between madness and creativity.

In The Abyss Above, Silke-Maria Weineck offers the first sustained discussion of the relationship between poetic madness and philosophy. Focusing on the mad poet as a key figure in what Plato called “the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry,” Weineck explores key texts from antiquity to modernity in orde...(Read More)
Mail-Orders (March 2002)
The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture
Sunka Simon - Author

Explores contemporary uses of letters and letter writing—including electronic mail—in literature, film, and art.

While the advent and structure of electronic mail has been discussed in web caucuses, newspapers, hypertext theory, and communication theory, it has not yet been considered in conjunction with epistolary scenarios in film, art, and literature. To address this gap, Mail-Orders explores the ...(Read More)
Conceptions of Postwar German Masculinity
Conceptions of Postwar German Masculinity (May 2001)
Roy Jerome - Editor
Michael S. Kimmel - Afterword

Examines masculinity in German culture, society, and literature from 1945 to the present.

"After the horrors of the Holocaust, how does a new generation of German men experience and express their masculinity? This wide-ranging collection explores the meaning of masculinity in contemporary Germany, both in reality and representation. From psychoanalytic probes into the darker recesses of recent familial past to contempo...(Read More)
The Promised Land?
The Promised Land? (February 2001)
Feminist Writing in the German Democratic Republic
Lorna Martens - Author

Analyzes East German feminism for an American audience through an exploration of their women writers.

From the 1960s on, women writers in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), including Christa Wolf, Irmtraud Morgner, Sarah Kirsch, Brigitte Reimann, Charlotte Worgitzky, Lia Pirskawetz, and Maya Wiens, produced a large, interesting body of writing on women's issues. The Promised Land? is the first book to interroga...(Read More)
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