Early modern German literature 1350-1700 /
edited by Max Reinhart.
Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2007.
liii, 1094 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
1571132473 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781571132475 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2007.
1571132473 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781571132475 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [927]-995) and index.
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Offering 26 chapters covering broad topics that compress epochal divisions (Renaissance, Reformation, Baroque) into "early modern," this volume pinpoints the political, social, religious, and intellectual prototypes of four centuries. Instead of events, one finds evolutionary process; instead of great institutions/personalities, processual contexts. The contributors--experts all--trace tides of nationalization and much more. For instance, the end of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, followed by the Great Interregnum, gave birth to the seven electors; this parallels the Great Schism (1378-1417). In the civil and clerical demise, urban centers emerged, creating a nascent capitalism. As central authority declined, an apparatus of local officialdom arose, in which a succession of literary/linguistic forces evolved--Meister Eckhart, Luther, Martin Opitz, Andreas Gryphius, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Johann Georg Faust, et al. The essays concentrate on five concerns: transitions (the early status of German literature), formations (education, reformation, printing, rhetoric), forms (drama, poetry, narrative, emblematics), representations (art, music, libraries, demonology/witchcraft), and lives (Erasmus, Julius Wilhelm Zincgref, Sigmund von Birken). Supported by a 50-page bibliography and a detailed index, this pioneering tome joins German Literature of the High Middle Ages (CH, Sep'06, 44-0197), ed. by Will Hasty, and other volumes in the series, and deserves a broad readership. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. L. J. Rippley St. Olaf College
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Providing an overview of major literary figures and works, this text looks at socio-historical contexts, philosophical backgrounds and cultural trends during the 400 years between the first flowering of northern humanism around 1350 and the rise of distinctly middle-class, anti-classical aesthetics around 1750.
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Pathbreaking volume providing a detailed, state-of-the-art overview of the literature of this 350-year period and its cultural and historical background.
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Early Modern German Literature provides an overview of major literary figures and works, socio-historical contexts, philosophical backgrounds, and cultural trends during the 350 years between the first flowering of northern humanism around 1350 and the rise of a distinctly middle-class, anti-classical aesthetics around 1700. Recent scholarship has significantly revised many traditional assumptions about the literature of this period, starting with a reassessment of the canon. The notion of "literature" has expanded to include a much wider range of texts than before, such as broadsheets, illustrated books, emblem books, travelogues, demonological treatises, and letters. Greater attention to the cultural and social phenomena that affect literary production has led to hitherto neglected areas of research, including the culture of learning and learnedness; the idea of authorship; the relationship between the intellectual elite and the state and other political authorities and institutions; the development of the family; gender dichotomy; and the early formation of an educated, urban middle class. In an introduction and twenty-seven essays on specific but broadly-based topics of seminal importance to the period, written by leading specialists from North America, the United Kingdom, and Germany, this pathbreaking volume reflects this state-of-the-art research. CONTRIBUTORS: KLAUS GARBER, GRAEME DUNPHY, RENATE BORN, STEPHAN FüSSEL, SCOTT DIXON, WILHELM KüHLMANN, MAX REINHART, JOACHIM KNAPE, HANS-GERT ROLOFF, ERIKA RUMMEL, JOHN ALEXANDER, PETER HESS, ANDREAS SOLBACH, PETER DALY, HELEN WATANABE-O'KELLY, JILL BEPLER, GERHART HOFFMEISTER, STEVEN SAUNDERS, JEFFREY CHIPPS SMITH, WOLFGANG NEUBER, GERHILD SCHOLZ WILLIAMS, ANNA CARRDUS, JOHN L. FLOOD, LAUREL CARRINGTON, THEODOR VERWEYEN, JOHN ROGER PAAS Max Reinhart is professor of German at the University of Georgia.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: German Literature in the Early Modern Periodp. xiii
Fruhe Neuzeit-Early Modernity: Reflections on a New Category of Literary Historyp. 3
German Literature of the Middle Period: Working with the Sourcesp. 31
Literary Transitions, 1300-1500: From Late Medieval to Early Modernp. 43
The Evolution of Modern Standard Germanp. 89
Education in Early Modern Germanyp. 137
The Reformation Movement in Germanyp. 189
Early Modern German Printingp. 217
Poetics and Rhetorics in Early Modern Germanyp. 247
Neo-Latin Literature in Early Modern Germanyp. 281
Ad fontes: German Humanists as Editors and Translatorsp. 331
Early Modern German Drama, 1400-1700p. 357
Poetry in Germany, 1450-1700p. 395
Early Modern German Narrative Prosep. 467
The Emblem and Emblematic Forms in Early Modern Germanyp. 509
The Pictorial Language of German Art, 1400-1650p. 549
Eros in Early Modern German Literaturep. 593
Literature and the Court, 1450-1720p. 621
Music in Early Modern Germanyp. 653
Early Modern German Libraries and Collectionsp. 699
Travel Reports in Early Modern Germanyp. 737
Demonologies: Writing about Magic and Witchcraftp. 761
Parallel Lives: Heinrich Steinhowel, Albrecht von Eyb, and Niklas von Wylep. 779
Parallel Lives: Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Bucerp. 797
Parallel Lives: Martin Opitz and Julius Wilhelm Zincgrefp. 823
Parallel Lives: Sigmund von Birken and Duke Anton Ulrichp. 855
Women's Writing in the Context of Their Lives, 1520-1720p. 869
Primary Literaturep. 905
Select Secondary Literaturep. 927
Notes on the Contributorsp. 997
Indexp. 1003
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