Institute of Germanic Studies Publications

Edited by Andrea Hammel and Godela Weiss-Sussex
June 11, 2009
This volume explores the relationship between identity - understood not as an essence, but rather a positioning - and the work of German-Jewish women authors. The period 1900-1938 provided them with a wide range of possible self-identifications, both between Jewish tradition (or 'Jewish renaissance') and acculturation, and between a traditional and modern understanding of the position of women. By examining their texts in the historical and literary contexts in which they were written, the analyses in this book reveal traditions and positions that are not necessarily communicated directly by the German-Jewish authors themselves. The volume contributes a major contribution to the understanding of writers who have largely...
Edited by Jeremy Adler, Richard Fardon, and Carol Tully
October 20, 2003
Franz Baermann Steiner is increasingly recognized as one of the leading poets and anthropologists of the mid-twentieth century. The first book of essays on Steiner, this volume collects the papers given at a symposium held at the Institute of Germanic Studies to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of Steiner's birth, and which brought together all the major scholars working on Steiner, as well as several younger ones. The papers take a fresh look at Steiner's life and work, locating him more precisely against his Prague background and the English emigré community, whilst at the same time placing him in the context of mid-twentieth century culture, and specifically in his relation to the Shoah. Its foundational...
Edited by Rüdiger Görner
October 20, 2003
Das Wort-Ton-Verhältnis gehört seit dem frühen 18. Jahrhundert zu den zentralen ästhetischen Fragestellungen. Damit verbunden ist die Diskussion über den Sprachcharakter der Musik sowie die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der diskursiven Sprache, angemessen auf Musik einzugehen, das Spezifische dieser Kunst zu reflektieren und in 'Handlung' umzusetzen. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes untersuchen diesen Problemkreis an exemplarischen Fällen, vom Don Giovanni-Stoff und der Musik im Faust bis zum kulturkonservativen Musikbegriff und dem Literatur-Musical. Schaffenspraktische Fragen, etwa die Zusammenarbeit von Komponist und Librettist, werden dabei ebenso berücksichtigt wie die biografischen Dimensionen dieses Themas. 
Edited by T.J. Reed, Martin Swales, and Jeremy Adler
December 31, 2000
This volume presents papers given at the symposium organised by the English Goethe Society to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was held at the Institute of Germanic Studies in London from 21 to 23 April 1999. The speakers and variety of topics treated show the range and vitality, though not necessarily the limits of present British interest in Goethe. With twenty-eight contributors and some hundred people attending over the three days, this was perhaps the most sustained Goethe occasion yet held in these islands. 
Charmian Brinson
December 1, 1996
The deaths of two German Socialist exiles from Nazism, Dora Fabian and Mathilde Wurm, in London in 1935, in far from straightforward circumstances, were a cause célèbre of their day. They were of particular concern to the German exile community in Britain and elsewhere, and to the British intellectual Left, who feared not only that National Socialist agents might have been involved but also that the British authorities were intent on blocking the case’s thorough investigation. Setting the Fabian-Wurm affair in its context, this study traces the lives and careers of the two dead women and also examines the position of the earliest political exiles from Germany. Drawing on a wide range of archival material...
Edited by Martin Swales
September 1, 1993
The papers comprised in London German Studies V were selected to give an idea of the variety and vigour of British German Studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s. All were given at the Institute of Germanic Studies, London, during the period 1989-1993, but there are two distinct clusters of papers. One derives from the Mozart symposium, held in January 1991, and two musicologists and two literary scholars explore the extraordinary achievement of the composer. The other reflects a time when the map of Germany and, with it, that of Europe was re-drawn, hence it seemed right and proper that a number of papers should be concerned with the GDR and its demise.
Frederick Norman and edited by A. T. Hatto
December 1, 1973
All who have concerned themselves seriously with Germanic heroic poetry will know the name of Frederick Norman, and they will know it for the quality rather than the quantity of what he wrote. The three essays in this volume were written when Norman was forty, sixty-one and sixty-six years old. The first is enlivened by the lingering zest of youth and by measured iconoclasm. A born rebel, Norman nevertheless knew where demolition should stop, proof of which is found in the warm response of Andreas Heusler to the gift of an offprint. In his second essay, Norman was able to stand back and survey the text as guarantee of a once-existent whole, always with due regard to the wider poetic tradition. The third,...