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A Poet's Reich : Politics and Culture in the George Circle, Hardback Book

A Poet's Reich : Politics and Culture in the George Circle Hardback

Edited by Melissa S. (Royalty Account) Lane, Martin A. Ruehl

Part of the Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture series



A re-examination of the George Circle in the cultural and political contexts of Wilhelmine, Weimar, and Nazi Germany. Stefan George (1868-1933) was one of the most important figures in modern German culture.

His poetry, in its originality and impact, has been ranked with that of Goethe and Hölderlin.

Yet George's reach extended beyond the sphereof literature.

In the early 1900s, he gathered around himself a circle of disciples who subscribed to his vision of comprehensive cultural-spiritual renewal and sought to turn it into reality.

The ideas of the George Circle profoundly affected Germany's educated middle class, especially in the aftermath of the First World War, when their critique of bourgeois liberalism, materialism, and scholarship (Wissenschaft) as well as their call for new formsof leadership (Herrschaft) and a new Reich found wider resonance.

The essays collected in the present volume critically re-examine these ideas, their contexts, and their influence.

They provide new perspectives on the intersection of culture and politics in the works of the George Circle, not least its ambivalent relationship to National Socialism. Contributors: Adam Bisno, Richard Faber, Rüdiger Görner, Peter Hoffmann, Thomas Karlauf, Melissa S.

Lane, Robert E. Lerner, David Midgley, Robert E. Norton, Ray Ockenden, Ute Oelmann, Martin A. Ruehl, Bertram Schefold. Melissa S. Lane is Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

Martin A. Ruehl is Lecturerin German Thought and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.



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