Other Institute Publications

John L. Flood and Anne Simon
April 1, 2017
In 1943, in the midst of a London still reeling from the Blitz, initial plans were laid for an Institute devoted to rebuilding relations between English and German scholars and academics once hostilities had ceased. Established in 1950, the Institute served for more than half a century as a research centre and focal point for researchers the world over. However, German Studies in London have a much older tradition which goes back almost two centuries.
Glanz und Abglanz tells the fascinating tale of German Studies in London from its beginnings at the ‘godless institution of Gower Street’, and the remarkable personalities whose energy and commitment ensured that the discipline flourished. The story is told through two...
Edited by Rüdiger Görner
April 29, 2005
Anglo-German relations, although seriously strained towards the end of the Victorian era, were comparatively constructive during the 'long' 19th century and, at any rate, peaceful. In fact, they were arguably one of the most stable fixtures in a Europe that was otherwise a precariously fragile balance of interests and discord of voices. This volume brings together a selection of the papers given at two conferences held in November 2003 and April 2004 at the Institute of Germanic Studies, London, which focused on our respective intellectual histories and interconnections at the time. 
Edited by Rüdiger Görner
December 1, 2003
When the literary world received news of the death of W.G. Sebald in December 2001, shortly after the publication of his last novel Austerlitz in English translation, friends, fellow-writers and critics were united in their grief and conviction that literature had lost one of its truly exceptional protagonists. One year later this sense of bereavement in the literary community seems even stronger. This volume brings together the papers given at the Institute of Germanic Studies' 'W.G. Sebald Memorial Day' on 31 January 2003. 
Edited by Rüdiger Görner
November 12, 2002
Lawrence Norfolk, Philip Hensher, Patricia Duncker, James Buchan and Michael Hulse contribute to the outcome of an innovative series of lectures in which well-known contemporary British authors describe their response to German writers. 
Rüdiger Görner
January 1, 1999
Inaugural Lecture delivered on 10 June 1999 at the University of London Senate House.
Joseph Joubert and edited by David Kinloch and Philippe Mangeot
March 1, 1996

Depuis quelque temps la ‘pensée’ de Joubert est connue et étudiée, mais ce qu’on ignore est l’importance qu’il donne à l’acte même d’écrire et son scepticisme à l’égard du ‘livre’. Joubert ne destine pas ses écrits à la publication. Il s’attache dans son manuscript à designer la singularité absolue, ‘infracasable’, de chaque moment et de chaque fragment d’écriture. Mais ce qu’aucune edition n’a pu montrer jusqu’à present, c’est que Joubert était non moins fascine et troublé par l’acte même de l’écriture et la nature epistémologique du livre que par la nécessité d’élaborer une esthétique cohérente. Les éditeurs actuels ont préféré typographier ces carnets, tout en reproduisant, autant que possible, l’inscription du texte sur la page. Les...

Edited by Elaine Williamson
January 1, 1996

Stendhal et la Hollande présente au lecteur quelque 200 documents inédits rédigés par Stendhal. Accompagnés de notes et commentaires autographes ils illustrent une étape essentielle de la genèse de son style. Elaine Williamson, qui a découvert ces documents, montre dans son introduction comment les techniques de composition utilisées par Stendhal dans son travail administrative préfigurent son œuvre de romancier. Ces documents datent du temps où Stendhal, auditeur au Conseil d’Etat, était chargé de l’administration des domaines et des bâtiments de la Couronne en Hollande, territoire réuni à la France en 1810 par Napoléon. Ils situent son œuvre dans l’univers du Premier Empire et s’appuient sur des notes identifiant ses sources, matière...

Léonie d’Aunet, edited by Wendy Mercer, and introduction by Wendy Mercer
January 1, 1994
Six years after achieving fame as the first woman ever to reach the unexplored Arctic islands of Spitzbergen, Léonie d'Aunet's distinction was transformed into notoriety when she was found in the act of adultery with Victor Hugo. In the 1840s, adultery was, for women at least, a criminal act, and Léonie d'Aunet was committed to prison and then to a period of confinement in a convent. Having lost children, friends, and financial support, she turned, on her release, to writing as a means of making a living. Perhaps reflecting her own experiences, the status of women in society is a theme central to all her work. Jane Osborn was first staged in Paris in 1855. Although it received favourable reviews in the press, it is clear that the critics...
Madame d’Aulnoy, edited by Shirley Jones Day, and introduction by Shirley Jones Day
January 1, 1994
First published in 1690, and one of the most popular novels in the eighteenth century, L'Histoire d'Hypolite, Comte de Duglas, was subsequently expunged from the literary canon. L'Histoire d'Hypolite confronts us with the novel at the dawn of the eighteenth century, and with the problems of a woman writer. Madame d'Aulnoy shows her powers as a literary artist in her image of England as a land of violence and passion, in the creation of the heroine Julie, a subtle mixture of subversiveness and passive acceptance of a morally compromised social order, and, above all, in the character of Hypolite, the archetype of the passionate rebel who was at one with the natural world. The historical...
Arcangela Tarabotti, edited by Letizia Panizza, and introduction by Letizia Panizza
January 1, 1994
Forced to take religious vows in 1620, aged sixteen, Arcangela Tarabotti lived and died in the convent of Sant' Anna in Venice. Her works are mainly attacks on the social, political, and religious subordination of women. Her Tirannia paterna and L'Inferno monacale were not allowed publication in her lifetime. Without formal education, Tarabotti found some encouragement from members of the libertine Accademia degli Incogniti, especially its founder G.F. Loredan. He promoted the translation into Italian and publication of a notorious, though anonymous, Latin treatise which claimed Scriptural proof that women did not have a rational soul, and were not redeemed by Christ: like animals, they lacked moral responsibility. In the...