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Volume 103, Number 4, Winter 2011 Table of Contents


Franka Marquardt
Blut und Brevier. Familiengeschichte und Frömmigkeit in Lessings Nathan der Weise
Starting from the few passages representing applied religion in Lessing’s Nathan the Wise this article retraces the consistent connection between family history and piety as presented in this most important German text pertaining to religious tolerance. It is shown with reference to earlier representations of the ‘noble Jew’ that in Nathan the Wise the leveling of religious differences leads to a reinforcement of blood relationships as can be traced in a prayer book, a connection that is hardly coincidental. (FM; in German)


Hannes Charen
“The Purity of Her Crime”—Hegel Reading Antigone
In Glas Derrida asserts that Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, in its reading of Antigone, favors consciousness (over the unconscious) by first acknowledging the achievement of ethical plenitude by Antigone, as she comes to full recognition of two contradictory laws, that of the divine and that of the communal spheres, and consequently repressing this speculative accomplishment by her fateful disappearance from both texts. This article complicates the argument by looking at the role that literature takes not only in philosophy, but in the expression of speculative dialectics as such. What for Hegel can be included in a system? How does the impossible figure (Antigone), its expression and then exclusion enter and abandon the system? This text looks at war, burial and incest expressed by the role of Antigone in the Phenomenology of Spirit. (HC)


Margaret McCarthy
“Edukating” Pop: Hans Weingartner’s Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei and the Legacy of ’68 in Contemporary Germany
Against the backdrop of the Spaßgesellschaft of the late 1990s and critiques of the student movement’s continuing impact forty years later, Hans Weingartner’s film Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei [The Edukators] (2004) attempts to foster identification with political activism in a global context. Despite pronounced differences between G-8 Summit protesters and the contented prototypes of Pop novels, the film joins historical ideals with a postmodern sensibility that taps into a contemporary Zeitgeist. Intertextuality, above all with the Wachowski brothers’ film The Matrix, provides the means with which utopian ideals—writ large as an escape to an outside space beyond the structures that shape identity—can be couple with political activism. By breaking into expensive villas and piling up, rather than stealing the possession they find, the film’s three leads tap into the roots of a postmodern aesthetic consisting of collage forms. Similarly, by hacking into computerized surveillance technology, they scramble the system and suggest ways for transforming human copies into more fully conscious selfhood. In the process, Weingartner demonstrates how Pop’s playfulness and political activism can by joined in powerful, effective ways. (MM)


Martin Blumenthal-Barby
Holocaust and Herring: The Resuscitation of the Silenced in W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn
Sebald’s narrator is a pilgrim, and his “English pilgrimage” leads him through the county of Suffolk in East Anglia. His mission lies in the attempt to comprehend the brutalities of battle and the despair of the victims he describes. In a distinctly Benjaminian sense, the narrator enacts justice by telling the stories of injustice and barbaric crime constitutive of history as such. He sees (as does the saturnine Walter Benjamin) justice as, above all, justice for the dead, and that means remembering the injustice done to them. To be sure, the narrator is aware of the appropriation of “justice” by the ruling class of each generation, which is why he restores the unrecorded stories of the vanquished and resuscitates their silenced discourse. Oddly enough, Sebald’s narrator himself falls victim to his narrative quest: he who tells the stories of others in order to do justice yields to despair. (MB-B)


André Steiner
Wolfgang Hilbig—Ein Schriftsteller des Samizdat?
Wolfgang Hilbig, famous novelist of reunited Germany, focuses in his major narrative works Eine Übertragung and Das Provisorium mainly on his own origins as a dissident-writer in the former GDR. Much less known are however the circumstances and poetic documents—short prose and lyrics—which can be regarded as signs of Hilbig’s position and attitude in the East-German samizdat movement of the 80s. The present essay aims to show how these early beginnings in writing led the author to his career as enigmatic later—with his ‘Wende-Roman’—nearly popular novelist, who was awarded the Büchner-Prize in 2002. Beyond that it points out the differences between Hilbig’s narrative stance and that of comparable authors of the Samizdat like Gert Neumann and Reiner Schedlinski, that it, particularly a temporal disorder which marks his prose works and is due to a subjectivity which prevails in a state of permanent becoming. (AS; in German)


Kai Hammermeister
Das Subjekt als Klangort—Helmut Lachenmanns transkulturelle Musikästhetik
This essay explores notions of transcultural aesthetics as manifested in musical compositions. In Helmut Lachenmann’s works we can find two different practices of transcultural aesthetics, both of which are related to Japan. In his opera Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern the inclusion of a traditional Japanese instrument serves as a signifi cation of alterity and death, while in his double concerto NUN the writings of Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida inspire an aesthetic in which the subject becomes the empty center of new listening habits. Lachenmann’s transcultural aesthetic position also combines an understanding of aesthetics as relating mostly to works of art with one that emphasises aesthetic elements in quotidian existence. (KH; in German)


Review Article

Jeffrey Grossman
The Business of Memory: German Jewish Studies Today

(Bodemann, Y. Michael und Micha Brumlik, Hrsg., Juden in Deutschland—Deutschland in den Juden. Neue Perspektiven.—Herzog, Hillary Hope, Todd Herzog, and Benjamin Lapp, eds., Rebirth of a Culture: Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today.—Gelber, Mark H., Jakob Hessing und Robert Jütte, Hrsg., Integration und Ausgrenzung. Studien zur deutsch-jüdischen Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart.—Haug, Christine, Franziska Mayer und Madleen Podewski, Hrsg., Populäres Judentum. Medien, Debatten, Lesestoffe.—Hess, Jonathan M., Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity.)


Introduction, German Departments in the U.S.A., German Departments in Canada, Promotions, New Appointments, Visitors, Retirements, Necrology, Doctoral Dissertations, Summary

Book Reviews

Anderegg, Johannes, Transformationen. Über Himmlisches und Teuflisches in Goethes Faust (Paul Bishop)

Colvin, Sarah, Ulrike Meinhof and West German Terrorism: Language, Violence and Identity (Franz Peter Hugdahl)

Dittrich, Andreas, Glauben, Wissen und Sagen. Studien zu Wissen und Wissenskritik im Zauberberg, in den Schlafwandlern und im Mann ohne Eigenschaften (Jennifer Jenkins)

Fischer, Gerhard, ed., W.G. Sebald. Schreiben ex patria / Expatriate Writing (Markus Zisselsberger)

Hallet, Wolfgang und Birgit Neumann, Hrsg., Raum und Bewegung in der Literatur. Die Literaturwissenschaften und der Spatial Turn (Ulrike Landfester)

Hell, Julia and Andreas Schönle, Ruins of Modernity (Vance Byrd)

Henne, Helmut, Sprachliche Spur der Moderne. In Gedichten um 1900: Nietzsche, Holz, George, Rilke, Morgenstern (Stefan Elit)

Koch, Gertrud, Martin Vöhler und Christiane Voss, Hrsg., Die Mimesis und ihre Künste (Monika Schmitz-Emans)

Kraft, Andreas, “nur eine Stimme, ein Seufzer”. Die Identität der Dichterin Nelly Sachs und der Holocaust (Elaine Martin)

Krämer, Olav, Denken erzählen. Repräsentationen des Intellekts bei Robert Musil und Paul Valéry (Florence Vatan)

Leeder, Karen und Robert Vilain, Hrsg., Nach Duino. Studien zu Rainer Maria Rilkes späten Gedichten (Ernst Grabovszki)

Li, Weijia, China und China-Erfahrung in Leben und Werk von Anna Seghers (Christiane Zehl Romero)

Malkin, Jeanette R. and Freddie Rokem, eds., Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (Alan Lareau)

Menke, Bettine, Das Trauerspiel-Buch. Der Souverän—das Trauerspiel—Konstellationen—Ruinen (Rolf J. Goebel)

Novero, Cecilia, Antidiets of the Avant Garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (Hansjakob Werlen)

Petersen, Jürgen H., Die Erzählformen. Er, Ich, Du und andere Varianten (Jan Alber)

Schößler, Franziska, Börsenfieber und Kaufrausch. Ökonomie, Judentum und Weiblichkeit bei Theodor Fontane, Heinrich Mann, Thomas Mann, Arthur Schnitzler und Émile Zola (Jeffrey L. Sammons)

Tantillo, Astrida Orle, Goethe’s Modernisms (Bernd Hamacher)

van den Berg, Hubert und Walter Fähnders, Hrsg., Metzler Lexikon Avantgarde (Sven Spieker)

Weber, Kurt-H., Die literarische Landschaft. Zur Geschichte ihrer Entdeckung von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (James Bade)

Annual Index (2011)