Nonconformist Writing in Nazi Germany: The Literature of Inner Emigration - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture (Paperback)John Klapper (author)
Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 01/03/2019
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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
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
The debate about inner and outer emigration was one of the foundational intellectual debates of postwar West German culture, and hence Klapper's effort to revisit it, and to take a new look at inner emigration during the Nazi period, is useful and welcome. . . . [T]his is an important and much-needed book. MONATSHEFTE [Stephen Brockmann] [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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