London German Studies XII: 'The Racehorse of Genius'. Literary and Cultural Comparisons

Edited by Martin Liebscher, Benedict Schofield, and Godela Weiss-Sussex
5 May 2009
209 × 148 × 9 mm
157 pp
Formats:
Paperback: 978-0-85457-221-2
Description: 

'Es zerfiel mir alles in Teile, die Teile wieder in Teile, und nichts mehr ließ sich mit einem Begriff umspannen.' This is how Hugo von Hofmannsthal summarizes the crisis of modernity in his Chandos letter. The failure to bind together facts by language is arguably the inability to compare them. Notwithstanding Hofmannsthal's grim verdict, the contributions to this volume clearly reveal the relevance of comparison for literary studies today. The topic of comparison is only one of the many strands running through this collection of essays - the reader will find more links between the individual contributions.

Table of contents: 

Martin Liebscher, Ben Schofield and Godela Weiss-Sussex: Introduction
Martin Vöhler: Rhetorik und Poetikdes Vergleichs. Von Aristoteles bis Hölderlin
Michael Eggers: 'Vergleiche dich! Erkenne, was du bist!’ Vergleich und Klassifikation zwischen Naturgeschichte und deutscher Ästhetik um 1800
Volker Honemann: Piety, Politics and Chivalry: The Travel of Sebastian Ilsung of Augsburg to Santiago de Compostela in 1446
Eda Sagarra: Literary Devils and their Guises: From Satan to Mephisto and Beyond
Martin Liebscher: Eros und Distanz bei Platon, Weininger und Nietzsche
Robert Vilain: Trakl and Symbolism
Godela Weiss-Sussex: Fragmentation of Identity as Opportunity for Individuation? Explorations of the German and British City Novel of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
Eberhard Lämmert: Phantastisch inszenierte Zeitgeschichte. Die Hundejahre von Günter Grass in einer europäischen Tradition
Hans-Dieter Gelfert: German and English Humour: Why are the Two so Different?
Index of Names