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Strange Meetings: Anglo-German Literary Encounters from 1910 to 1960 Peter Edgerly Firchow

Strange Meetings: Anglo-German Literary Encounters from 1910 to 1960

Peter Edgerly Firchow

Published September 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780813215334
Hardcover
283 pages
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Building upon his earlier book The Death of the German Cousin (1986), renowned author Peter Edgerly Firchow focuses Strange Meetings on major modern British writers from Eliot to Auden and explores the development of British conceptions andMoreBuilding upon his earlier book The Death of the German Cousin (1986), renowned author Peter Edgerly Firchow focuses Strange Meetings on major modern British writers from Eliot to Auden and explores the development of British conceptions and misconceptions of Germany and Germans from 1910 to 1960. While the book does not aim to be inclusive, it casts light on representative places, which will sensitize readers when they encounter similar phenomena in other contexts. The individual chapters highlight particularly significant moments in the problematic relationship between Britain and Germany during the first half of the last century. Firchow focuses on the personal encounter with Germany by Eliot, Lawrence, and Brooke in the years immediately preceding the Great War- on the tragic conflict between vocation and national identity faced by German academics specializing in English literature (especially Shakespeare), as well as by British academics specializing in German literature (especially Goethe), during the First World War- on Christopher Isherwoods formative years in Berlin during the final years of the Weimar Republic- on the appeal of Fascism to British intellectuals and literary figures during the 1930s (especially Yeats, Eliot, and Lawrence)- and on the partial and ambiguous post-war reconciliation achieved in W.H. Audens writings about his life in a German-speaking country from 1957 until his death in 1973. The introduction and conclusion of the book place these encounters in the context of current British views of Germans and vice versa.Firchow convincingly shows that for the so-called Thirties Generation of British literary intellectuals, Berlin had become for abrief moment in the twilight of the Weimar Republic what Paris had been for the Lost Generation during the Twenties. This is the indisputable merit of the book. It is a significant contribution to a better understanding of the cultural and intellectual interrelations of the years between the wars. Firchow writes clearly and with eloquence, frequently spiced with erudite humor, demonstrating all the more his magisterial command of the subject.—Hans H. Rudnick, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University