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Denham, Scott D.

Visions of War

Ideologies and Images of War in German Literature before and after the Great War

Series: German Studies in America - Volume 64

Year of Publication: 1992

Bern, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, 1992. 197 pp.
ISBN 978-3-261-04503-4 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.420 kg, 0.926 lbs

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Book synopsis

Combatants' experiences of war changed radically during the Great War, yet combatant writers before and after the modern ordeal of total war show unexpected similarities in their representations of battle. By concentrating on the popular writings of Detlev von Liliencron, Walter Flex, August Stramm, and Ernst Jünger, while situating these authors in the broad context of war literature in general between 1866 and 1933, this literary history shows how authors' literary expressions of their own combat experiences demonstrate varying degrees of aesthetic and ideological coherence. This study provides a much needed literary historical foundation for the many readings of Weimar-era war literature.


Contents: Fontane as War Chronicler - Bleibtreu's Popular Battles - Liliencron's Vision of War - Kriegsbegeisterung - Walter Flex and the Ideal of War - Popular War Literature - Stramm's War Poetry - Jünger's New Literary Response to Combat.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Scott D. Denham is Assistant Professor of German at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. He has written on Ernst Jünger, Kafka, and Walter Gropius. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.


«Like all good books, it raises more questions than it can answer. It deserves a sequel.» (William Collins Donahue, German Politics & Society)
«Die Lektüre øist! anregend, insbesonders da Fontane und Bleibtreu im Zusammenhang der vorliegneden Fragestellunge einmal anders als sonst üblich nach ihrer literarischen Leistung befragt werden.» (Justus H. Ulbricht, Germanistik)


Germanic Studies in America. Vol. 64