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CoverSimon, Anne / Fleming, Katie (Eds.)
THE RECEPTION OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY IN GERMAN LITERATURE

2013 · ISBN 978-3-86205-388-9 · 210 S., kt. · EUR 26,—

LONDON GERMAN STUDIES
XIV
Institute of Modern Languages Research · School of Advanced Study · University of London

 

 

This volume, based on a series of lectures co-organised by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies in 2011 and 2012, examines the enduring relevance of Classical material, its openness to multi-layered readings and its use to express contemporary concerns, in other words, its re-presentation, or making ‘present’, in German literature.  The essays in this volume, which range from the Middle Ages to the present and deal with genres as diverse as poetry and comic books,  epigrams and novels, signal that one reason for the enduring relevance of Classical myth lies in its fluidity: its canonicity lends authority but is supple enough to allow adaptation to forms that ‘speak’ most potently to a given age or audience. These changing cultural contexts help shape the new works of art that mutate out of the old, inviting ‘readers to think more deeply about how to shape society in such a way that culture on a higher level can accommodate and enhance human nature’.

 

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements · List of Contributors · Introduction

Chapter 1
Wolfgang Harms
The Recollection and Metamorphosis of Antiquity in German Literature of the High and Late Middle Ages

Chapter 2
Nigel Harris
Monsters, Pictures and Translations. Some Observations on the Reception of Virgil in the Sixteenth Century

Chapter 3
T. J. Reed
Replacing Ancient Gods. Weimar Classicism and After

Chapter 4
Charlie Louth
Hölderlin’s Augury: Birds and Bird-Flight in his Ancient-Modern World

Chapter 5
Ricarda Schmidt
Kleist and the Dark Side of Antiquity: Reading Euripides in Modern Times

Chapter 6
Heike Bartel
The Black Medeas of Paul Heyse and Hans Henny Jahnn in the Context of German Colonialism and Weimar Racial Policies

Chapter 7
Martin Vöhler
Correcting Ancient Myths. Brecht’s Approach to Antiquity

Chapter 8
Manuel Baumbach
Leonidas and the Reception of the Persian War in German Post-War Literature

Bibliography

 

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