Employing the Wilhelmine and Weimar periods as a frame of reference, this invaluable study of the Schulliteratur composed during the Weimar Republic presents a judicious analysis of school prose written by Hermann Sudermann, Frank Thiess, Klaus Mann and others. More importantly, it clearly illuminates social, cultural and political values in which the German people have traditionally placed stock and provides trenchant insight into the kaleidoscopic nature of the Weimar Republic and its effect on these beliefs. It proves convincingly that the school prose of the Weimar Republic is a mirror of a most fascinating era in German history, and, as such, deserves more than oblivion.
Contents: Introduction - Cultivating the Image: Wilhelmine Germany and Wilhelm II - Early School Reform: Private Initiative
- The New Republic - Hermann Sudermann's Der tolle Professor - Frank Thiess's Das Tor zur Welt - Klaus Mann's Die Jungen -
Conclusion - Bibliography.