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Selected papers from the Conference of University Teachers of German, University of Oxford, April 2001


Katrin Kohl and Ritchie Robertson

The fifteen papers assembled here, by a range of senior and junior academics at universities throughout the British Isles, represent current work in German studies, from language history through literature and film studies to intellectual and social history. Dealing especially with controversies over the representation of race, the philosophical implications of genetics, the writing of twentieth-century literary history and the consequences of unification, they demonstrate the vitality of German studies and the close ties between the study of German culture and the rest of the humanities.
Contents: Andreas Musolff: ‘Zahnlücken auf der Schulter’: Mixed Metaphors in Ordinary Language and Public Discourse – Barbara Arnold: Lexikographische Studien zu August Klingemann – Birgit Röder: ‘Denn sie lebt nur, wenn sie singt!’ The Idealization of Art and Femininity in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Künstlernovellen – H. J. Hahn: ‘Einem gelang es...’. Die Grammatik der Natur in Novalis’ Die Lehrlinge zu Sais – Henk de Berg: The Sloterdijk Debate – Charlie Louth: Rilke on Capri – Simon Meacher: Peter Härtling’s Das Windrad: Anarchy and the Ecosocialist Solution – Peter Davies/Stephen Parker/Matthew Philpotts: The Modern Restoration? Revisiting the Periodization of German Literature 1930-1960 – Susan Tebbutt: Dark Strangers: The Role of Skin-Colour in Images of the Gypsy in Twentieth-Century Art – Andrew J. Webber: The Manipulation of Fantasy and Trauma in Orlacs Hände – Ben Morgan: The Masculine Body in the Films of Leni Riefenstahl – Astrid-Elke Kurth: Via Appia: Cruising the Traumatized Self – Joanne McNally: ‘Die Moorsoldaten’: From Circus-cum-Cabaret to International Anthem – Elizabeth Catling: ‘Theater ums Theater’: The Closure of Berlin’s Schiller-Theater – Mechthild Matheja-Theaker: ‘Aufschwung Ost?’ Poverty and the Transformation Process.