Nonconformist Writing in Nazi Germany - The Literature of Inner Emigration Paperback / softback
by John Klapper
2016 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Studies of literary responses to National Socialism between 1933 and 1945 have largely focused on exiled writers; opposition within Germany and Austria is less well understood.
Yet in both countries there were writers who continued to publish imaginative literature that did not conform to Nazi precepts: the authors of the so-called Inner Emigration.
They withdrew from the regime and sought to express their nonconformity through camouflaged texts designed to offer sensitized readers encouragement, reassurance, and consolation. This book provides a critical, historically informed reassessment of these writers.
It is innovative in scope, in its use of little-known sources, in placing authors and texts in a detailed social and political context, and in analyzing seminal topoi and tropes of oppositional discourse.
One of the most extensive studies of the topic in German or English, it provides a state-of-the-art text for literary historians, scholars, and students of German literature, but also, thanks to its accessibility and translation of all material, serves as an introduction for English-speaking readers to this poorly understood group of writers.
Two contextualizing chapters are followed by chapters devoted to Werner Bergengruen, Stefan Andres, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen, Gertrud von le Fort, Reinhold Schneider, Ernst Junger, Ernst Wiechert, and Erika Mitterer. JOHN KLAPPER is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, UK.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/02/2019
- Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9781640140547
- Hardback from £70.45