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- DescriptionThis is the first book-length account of Joseph Conrad s reception in Germany, a virtually unresearched area of Conrad studies. It demonstrates that Conrad was read and used by his German readers as a cosmopolitan literary and moral voice against the prevailing nationalism of Germany in the dark times of the 1930s and 1940s, when their own voices were being silenced. Challenging the longstanding assumption that Germany remained largely indifferent to his works, this book demonstrates that, particularly after the translation of the complete fiction commencing in the 1920s, Conrad s works achieved near cult status in Germany. On the basis of diaries and letters, contemporary reviews and essays, unpublished archival material as well as vels and films, the author illuminates the range and importance of Conrad s presence as a powerful liberating imagination within twentieth-century German culture. Championed by Thomas Mann, lauded by Hermann Hesse, and decried as Conrad the Jew by the Nazis, Conrad has remained an influential presence in post-war German culture. The study offers a completely fresh perspective on Conrad s works and speaks eloquently for the importance of recognizing the way trans-national literary cultural relations have helped to shape European cultural history.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Anthony Fothergill teaches English literature and cultural theory at the University of Exeter, and has also taught at Heidelberg University (Germany) and Kenyon College (USA). He has published a book-length study on Conrad s Heart of Darkness, edited works by Conrad and Oscar Wilde, and written widely on modernism and modernity, including essays on Henry James, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, F.M. Ford, Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin.
- Author(s)Anthony Fothergill
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/01/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCultural History & Literary Imagination
- Series Part/Volume Number4
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight400 g
- Width220 mm
- Height150 mm
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