Nonconformist Writing in Nazi Germany: The Literature of Inner Emigration - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture v. 165 (Hardback)John Klapper (author)
Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 01/09/2015
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2016 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Studies of literary responses to National Socialism between 1933 and 1945 have largely focused on exiled writers; opposition within Germany and Austria is less well understood. Yet in both countries there were writers who continued to publish imaginative literature that did not conform to Nazi precepts: the authors of the so-called Inner Emigration. They withdrew from the regime and sought to express their nonconformity through camouflaged texts designed to offer sensitized readers encouragement, reassurance, and consolation. This book provides a critical, historically informed reassessment of these writers. It is innovative in scope, in its use of little-known sources, in placing authors and texts in a detailed social and political context, and in analyzing seminal topoi and tropes of oppositional discourse. One of the most extensive studies of the topic in German or English, it provides a state-of-the-art text for literary historians, scholars, and students of German literature, but also, thanks to its accessibility and translation of all material, serves as an introduction for English-speaking readers to this poorly understood group of writers. Two contextualizing chapters are followed by chapters devoted to Werner Bergengruen, Stefan Andres, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen, Gertrud von le Fort, Reinhold Schneider, Ernst Junger, Ernst Wiechert, and Erika Mitterer. John Klapper is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 866 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm
[G]enuinely indispensable, even to readers well versed in the topic of "inner emigration." The two initial chapters . . . are disproportionately powerful distillations of research in literary history, genre criticism, social analysis, and factual-archival investigation. . . . [A] monumental study. . . . AUSTRIAN STUDIES [N]uanced . . . . [S]ucceeds in its aim of providing much-needed detailed textual and historical analysis of ostensibly ambivalent writings about humanist values that passed or evaded Nazi monitoring of writing and publication. . . . [C]ontributes a remarkable amount [to] the ongoing excavation of this subcategory of nonconformist writing . . . . FORUM FOR MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES John Klapper's monograph combines a general introduction to the literature of the so-called "inner emigration" with exemplary textual analyses. . . . As a whole the study -- which is not only directed at scholars in the field -- offers a good overview . . . . GERMANISTIK 2016 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Klapper's detailed efforts to historicize the reception history of the inner emigration, and to expand the imaginative scope within which twenty-first-century readers might re-engage with it, offer a blueprint for enriching new departures in this area. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES [A] seminal study that provides even a non-German-speaking readership a detailed view of this interesting topic. . . . Recommended. MITTEILUNGEN DER STEFAN-ANDRES-GESELLSCHAFT [A] comprehensive analysis . . . . Klapper's book gives evidence of an intensive engagement with works of the inner emigration and arrays before the reader readily comprehensible and engaging interpretations that inspire one to want to read-or re-read-the texts. DER LITERARISCHE ZAUNKOENIG In this important and comprehensive study, John Klapper convincingly argues for a reassessment of nonconformist literature and National Socialism. . . [A] useful and important addition not only to literary studies but to the investigation of the arts under National Socialism in general. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW In this compelling, well-researched study-a major contribution to the field-Klapper presents a thorough reassessment of [the] so-called inner emigrants and develops models for untangling the contradictions in their writing. . . . Highly recommended. CHOICE
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