German Literature and the First World War The Anti War Tradition

Die Katrin wird Soldat, with the contemporary Vier von der Infanterie by Ernst Johannsen (filmed in Germany as Westfront 1918) and even ... in: The First World War in German Narrative Prose: Essays in Honor of George Wallis Field, ed.

Author: Brian Murdoch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317128441

Category: History

Page: 320

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The period immediately following the end of the First World War witnessed an outpouring of artistic and literary creativity, as those that had lived through the war years sought to communicate their experiences and opinions. In Germany this manifested itself broadly into two camps, one condemning the war outright; the other condemning the defeat. Of the former, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front remains the archetypal example of an anti-war novel, and one that has become synonymous with the Great War. Yet the tremendous and enduring popularity of Remarque’s work has to some extent eclipsed a plethora of other German anti-war writers, such as Hans Chlumberg, Ernst Johannsen and Adrienne Thomas. In order to provide a more rounded view of German anti-war literature, this volume offers a selection of essays published by Brian Murdoch over the past twenty years. Beginning with a newly written introduction, providing the context for the volume and surveying recent developments in the subject, the essays that follow range broadly over the German anti-war literary tradition, telling us much about the shifting and contested nature of the war. The volume also touches upon subjects such as responsibility, victimhood, the problem of historical hiatus in the production and reception of novels, drama, poetry, film and other literature written during the war, in the Weimar Republic, and in the Third Reich. The collection also underlines the potential dangers of using novels as historical sources even when they look like diaries. One essay was previously unpublished, two have been augmented, and three are translated into English for the first time. Taken together they offer a fascinating insight into the cultural memory and literary legacy of the First World War and German anti-war texts.

Verdun and the Somme

Geissler , Rolf : Dekadenz und Heroismus : Zeitroman und völkisch nationalsozialistische Literatur- kritik ( Stuttgart : 1964 ) . Genno , Charles N. and Heinz Wetzel ( eds . ) : The First World War in German Narrative Prose ( Essays in ...

Author: Harro Grabolle

Publisher: Akademiai Kiado

ISBN: 9630581922

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Analysis of British and German prose fiction written between 1916 and 1937, with different ideological points of view. Authors represented include, from Germany, Fritz von Unruh, Josef M. Wehner, Werner Beumelburg, Arnold Zweig, and from Britain, Alec J. Dawson, Alan P. Herbert, Arthur D. Gristwood, Frederic Manning and David Jones.

Germany and Propaganda in World War I

Eksteins, Modris, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Boston, 1989). Eley, G., Reshaping the German Right. ... Genno, C.N. and Wetzel, H. (eds), The First World War in German Narrative Prose (Toronto, 1980).

Author: David Welch

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857724717

Category: History

Page: 384

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Adolf Hitler, writing in Mein Kampf, was scathing in his condemnation of German propaganda in World War I, declaring that Germany failed to recognise that the mobilization of public opinion was a weapon of the first order. This, despite the fact that propaganda had been regarded by the German leadership, arguably for the first time, as an intrinsic part of the war effort. In this book, David Welch fully examines German society - politics, propaganda, public opinion and total war - in the Great War. Drawing on a wide range of sources - posters, newspapers, journals, film, Parliamentary debates, police and military reports and private papers - he argues that the moral collapse of Germany was due less to the failure to disseminate propaganda than to the inability of the military authorities and the Kaiser to reinforce this propaganda, and to acknowledge the importance of public opinion in forging an effective link between leadership and the people.

The Representation of War in German Literature

Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Genno, Charles N. and Heinz Wetzel, eds. The First World War in German Narrative Prose: Essays in Honour of George ...

Author: Elisabeth Krimmer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139488372

Category: Literary Criticism


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The history of literature about war is marked by a fundamental paradox: although war forms the subject of countless novels, dramas, poems, and films, it is often conceived as indescribable. Even as many writers strive towards an ideal of authenticity, they maintain that no representation can do justice to the terror and violence of war. Readings of Schiller, Kleist, Jünger, Remarque, Grass, Böll, Handke, and Jelinek reveal that stylistic and aesthetic features, gender discourses, and concepts of agency and victimization can all undermine a text's martial stance or its ostensible pacifist agenda. Spanning the period from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars to the recent wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq, this book investigates the aesthetic, theoretical, and historical challenges that confront writers of war.

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War

The First World War in German Narrative Prose: Essays in Honour of George Wallis Field. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980. Index 101 Poems Against War 57 Abel, Richard 287 L'Action.

Author: Vincent Sherry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139826983

Category: Literary Criticism


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The Great War of 1914–1918 marks a turning point in modern history and culture. This Companion offers critical overviews of the major literary genres and social contexts that define the study of the literatures produced by the First World War. The volume comprises original essays by distinguished scholars of international reputation, who examine the impact of the war on various national literatures, principally Great Britain, Germany, France and the United States, before addressing the way the war affected Modernism, the European avant-garde, film, women's writing, memoirs, and of course the war poets. It concludes by addressing the legacy of the war for twentieth-century literature. The Companion offers readers a chronology of key events and publication dates covering the years leading up to and including the war, and ends with a current bibliography of further reading organised by chapter topics.

The Great War of Words

A German perspective can be found in The First World War in German Narrative Prose: Essays in Honour of George Wallis Field, ed. C. N. Genno and H. Wetzel (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980). An international account of writers ...

Author: Peter Buitenhuis

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774843225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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In September 1914, twenty-five of Britain's most distinguished authors met with the war propaganda bureau to discuss how they could defend civilization against the savagery of the invading 'Huns'. In The Great War of Words Peter Buitenhuis tells the hitherto unknown story of the secret collaboration between the government and leading writers of the time, including H.G. Wells, John Buchan and John Galsworthy. The book also chronicles their disillusionment with the Allied propaganda machine after the war -- and how this changed the course of literary history in the 20th century.

Encyclopedia of German Literature

Andersch«s other war novels explore the same theme, again mixing reality (and documentation) with what might happen, ... The First World War in German Narrative Prose: Essays in Honour of George Wallis Field, Toronto and Buffalo, ...

Author: Matthias Konzett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135941291

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1136

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Selected Essays on German Literature

Page 79 ; “ The First World War in German Prose after 1945 : Some Samples – Some Observations , " was written for THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN GERMAN NARRATIVE PROSE . ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF GEORGE WALLIS FIELD , edited by Charles N . Genno and ...

Author: Hermann Boeschenstein

Publisher: New York : Lang

ISBN: UVA:X001158405

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 176

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Hermann Boschenstein, born in Stein am Rhein, Switzerland in 1900, did his doctorate in Rostock under Emil Utziz and came to Canada in the 1920's, first as a tourist and then as a permanent immigrant. He spent over fifty years in Canada as a teacher and scholar, becoming Head of the University of Toronto's Department of German and one of Canada's leading Germanists. Among his many publications on German Literature his two-volume Deutsche Gefuhlskultur (1954 and 1966) remains an unique attempt to chart the development of feeling as expressed in German Literature since the Enlightenment. This present volume gathers together his essays in English on German Literature which demonstrate his life-long endeavour to seek out and promote those humanistic values that are embodied in great literature."

Im Westen Nichts Neues

The work as a product of Weimar Germany and its problems. Klein, Holger M., 'Dazwischen Niemandsland: Im ... Not so quiet on the literary front', in: The First World War in German Narrative Prose. Essays in Honor of George Wallis Field, ...

Author: Erich Maria Remarque

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134972067

Category: History

Page: 290

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The full German text of Remarque's 1929 novel is accompanied by German-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.