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Hermann Broch was along with Kafka and Musil one of the three greatest Austrian novelists of the twentieth century, and indeed one of the century's most gifted novelists in German from whatever country. Broch established his reputation with The Sleepwalkers, a trilogy of political and philosophical novels that showed his interest in theories of politics. His best-known work is The Death of Virgil, a challenging, lengthy work that is written in a lyrical, exuberant, and provocatively innovative musical style, a kind of cerebral stream-of-consciousness reflecting the fevered thoughts of the dying Virgil. Broch also wrote extensively about the art and architecture of the modern age, about Hofmannsthal, and about mass psychology. Broch has a special connection to Yale, as he lived the last years of his life there after having escaped Austria in 1938, and died there.

The participants in the Yale Symposium of April 2001 are among the world's most prominent Broch scholars, from Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Fourteen of their presentations have been extensively revised, yielding the essays in this volume, which focus on two areas: Broch as critic, and Broch as novelist and dramatist. Topics include Broch's views on kitsch and art, and on drama, his cultural criticism, his cooperation with Borgese and Arendt, his theory of mass psychology, history as reflected in his works, Ernst Kretschmer's influence on the early novels, Virgil and Celan's Atemwende, Jean Starr Untermeyer's translation of Virgil, the problem of guilt and the fall in The Guiltless, and Broch reception in Japan.

PAUL MICHAEL LÜTZELER is The Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the editor of Broch's collected works. MATTHIAS KONZETT is associate professor of German at Yale University, WILLY RIEMER is associate professor of German at the University of Delaware, and CHRISTA SAMMONS is curator of the German literature collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571132727
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/03/2003
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #2442
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Matthias Konzett is associate professor of German at Yale University.Dept of German Languages and Literatures, P.O. Box 208210Yale University100 Wall Street, WLHNew Haven, CT 06520-8210

Table of Contents

Introduction: Broch, Our Contemporary - Paul Michael Luetzeler
Kitsch and Art: Broch's Essay "Das Böse im Wertsystem der Kunst" - Ruth Kluger
"Erneuerung des Theaters": Broch's Ideas on Drama in Context - Ernst Schuerer
"Der Rhythmus der Ideen": On the Workings of Broch's Cultural Criticism - Bernhard Fetz
"Kurzum die Hölle": Broch's Early Political Text "Die Straße" - Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler
Visionaries in Exile: Broch's Cooperation with G.A. Borgese and Hannah Arendt - Paul Michael Luetzeler
Fear in Culture: Broch's Massenwahntheorie - Wolfgang Mueller-Funk
Inscriptions of Power: Broch's Narratives of History in Die Schlafwandler - Kathleen L. Komar
The German Colonial Aftermath: Broch's 1903. Esch oder die Anarchie - Judith Ryan
Neither Sane nor Insane: Ernst Kretschmer's Influence on Broch's Early Novels - Gisela Brude-Firnau
Non-Contemporaneity of the Contemporaneous: Broch's Novel Die Verzauberung - Gisela Roethke
"Great Theater" and "Soap Bubbles": Broch the Dramatist - Roberto Rizzo
A Farewell to Art: Poetic Reflections in Broch's Der Tod des Vergil - Juergen Heizmann
Poetry as Perjury, or The End of Art: Broch's Der Tod des Vergil and Celan's Atemwende - Peter Yoonsuk Paik
"Beyond Words": The Translation of Broch's Der Tod des Vergil by Jean Starr Untermeyer - John Hargraves
Between Guilt and Fall: Broch's Die Schuldlosen - Theodore Ziolkowski
Broch Reception in Japan: Shin'ichiro Nakamura and Die Schuldlosen - Koichi Yamaguchi

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