Melissa S. Lane, Martin A. Ruehl's A Poet's Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Circle PDF

By Melissa S. Lane, Martin A. Ruehl

ISBN-10: 157113462X

ISBN-13: 9781571134622

The poet Stefan George (1868-1933) was once some of the most very important cultural figures in smooth Germany. His poetry, in its originality and effect, has been ranked with that of Goethe, Hölderlin, or Rilke. but George's succeed in prolonged a long way past the field of literature. in the course of his final 3 many years, he attracted a circle of disciples who subscribed to his homoerotic and aestheticist imaginative and prescient of lifestyles and sought to rework it into truth. The works and regarded the circle profoundly affected the highbrow and cultural attitudes of Germany's knowledgeable center classification from the start of the 20 th century, and are therefore an important to Germany's cultural and highbrow historical past. The transition from the aestheticist, cosmopolitan values the circle embraced within the early 1900s to the extra explicitly political and patriotic perspectives lots of its participants espoused throughout the Weimar Republic either conditioned and mirrored a momentous transformation in German concept. The intersection of tradition and politics within the George Circle has bought little cognizance in English-language scholarship before. This quantity comprises contributions from significant students in either English- and German-speaking international locations. Its viewers comprises students and scholars of German languages and literature, German historical past, and reception of the classics, between different fields. participants: Adam Bisno, Richard Faber, Rüdiger Görner, Peter Hoffmann, Thomas Karlauf, Melissa S. Lane, Robert E. Lerner, David Midgley, Robert E. Norton, Ray Ockenden, Ute Oelmann, Martin A. Ruehl, Bertram Schefold.

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Ernst Kantorowicz made a similarly acerbic remark about the cosmopolitanism of “Ullstein-Deutschland” in his 1930 speech at Halle. See Ernst Kantorowicz, “Grenzen, Möglichkeiten und Aufgaben der Darstellung mittelalterlicher Geschichte,” ed. Eckhart Grünewald, Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters l (1994):104–25; here, 121. Note that George defended the antisemitic contents of Wolters’s book against Edith Landmann’s objections: “Nein, aber alles, was recht ist: alles kann man von Euch [the Jews] doch auch nicht loben” (E.

Some of the youngest associates, representatives of the third generation of disciples, now moved center stage, as they looked after their increasingly frail Master on his last travels. After George’s death, the intricate network of friendships and associations that constituted his Circle collapsed with surprising speed. Some of his most cherished disciples, including Claus and Berthold von Stauffenberg, as well as Frank Mehnert, were killed. Many of the Jewish followers, among them Karl Wolfskehl and Ernst Kantorowicz, emigrated.

See also 125, 164, 165; Landfried, Stefan George, 219–21. 69 See Walter Benjamin, Gesammelte Schriften, ed. Hella Tiedeman-Bartels, vol. 3 (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1980), 259. ” See Richard Faber, “Walter Benjamins Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels und Ernst H. Kantorowicz’ Die zwei Körper des Königs. Ein Vergleich,” in Geschichtskörper: Zur Aktualität von Ernst H. Kantorowicz, ed. Wolfgang Ernst and Cornelia Vismann (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1998), 71–86, especially 73. 70 Norton, Secret Germany, xvi.

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