A Companion to the Works of Hermann Broch [Hardback]

Graham Bartram(Editor); Sarah McGaughey(Editor); Galin Tihanov(Editor)

ISBN: 9781571135414 | Published by: Camden House | Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture | Volume: Volume 200 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 290p, H9 x W6,
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A Companion to the Works of Hermann Broch


Hermann Broch (1886-1951) is best known for his two major modernist works, The Sleepwalkers (3 vols., 1930-1932) and The Death of Virgil (1945), which frame a lifetime of ethical, cultural, political, and social thought. A textile manufacturer by trade, Broch entered the literary scene late in life with an experimental view of the novel that strove towards totality and vividly depicted Europe's cultural disintegration. As fascism took over and Broch, a Viennese Jew, was forced into exile, his view of literature as transformative was challenged, but his commitment to presenting an ethical view of the crises of his time was unwavering. An important mentor and interlocutor for contemporaries such as Arendt and Canetti as well as a continued inspiration for contemporary authors, Broch wrote to better understand and shape the political and cultural conditions for a postfascist world. This volume covers the major literary works and constitutes the first comprehensive introduction in English to Broch's political, cultural, aesthetic, and philosophical writings.

Contributors: Graham Bartram, Brechtje Beuker, Gisela Brude-Firnau, Gwyneth Cliver, Jennifer Jenkins, Kathleen L. Komar, Paul Michael Lützeler, Gunther Martens, Sarah McGaughey, Judith Ryan, Judith Sidler, Galin Tihanov, Sebastian Wogenstein.

Graham Bartram retired as Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Lancaster, UK. Sarah McGaughey is Associate Professor of German at Dickinson College, USA. Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Broch's Life and Works - Graham Bartram and Sarah McGaughey
Perspectives on Broch's
Die Schlafwandler: Narratives of History and the Self - Kathleen L. Komar
Hermann Broch and the Dilemma of Literature in the Modern Age - Gunther Martens
Interrogating Modernity: Hermann Broch's Postromanticism - Galin Tihanov
Broch and the Theater:
Die Entsühnung and Aus der Luft gegriffen as Tragic and Comic Dramatizations of the Economic Machine - Brechtje Beuker
Limits of the Scientific: Broch's
Die Unbekannte Gröe - Gwyneth Cliver
Die Verzauberung: Ludwig Klages and the Bourgeois Mitläufer - Gisela Brude-Firnau
Hermann Broch's
Massenwahnprojekt and Its Relevance for Our Times - Judith Ryan
Human Rights and the Intellectual's Ethical Duty: Broch's Political Writings - Sebastian Wogenstein
Der Tod des Vergil: Art and Power, Language and the Ineffable - Jennifer Jenkins
From the "Tierkreis-Erzählungen" to
Die Schuldlosen: The Creation of Broch's Last Novel - Judith Sidler
Broch's Legacy and Resonance - Paul Michael Lützeler
Selected Bibliography - Sarah McGaughey
Notes on the Contributors

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