New Book – The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England

July 29, 2010


A German Prince in Regency England 

Peter James Bowman 

The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world’s richest country, and the more brides they carried off, the more alarmed societybecame. 

The most colourful of these men was Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), remembered today as Germany’s finest landscape gardener. In the mid-1820s, however, his efforts to turn his estate into a magnificent park came close to bankrupting him. To save his legacy his wife Lucie devised an unusual plan: they would divorce so that Pückler could marry an heiress who would finance further landscaping and, after a decent interval, be cajoled into accepting Lucie’s continued residence. In September 1826, his marriage dissolved, Pückler set off for London. 

Drawing on the daily letters sent from England to his ex-wife and other manuscript sources in the Pückler Archive in Brandenburg, Peter James Bowman gives blow-byblow accounts of Pückler’s courtships with the daughters of a physician, an admiral, a Scottish baronet, an East India Company stockholder and a retail jeweller. The story is enriched with details of his social life among the resident diplomats, his gambling and money troubles, his love affairs with a French seamstress and a German opera singer, and the hours he spent with the capital’s prostitutes. 

Pückler is the most intelligent of the overseas visitors who noted their impressions of Regency England. His matrimonial quest brings him into contact with such luminaries as Walter Scott, George Canning, Princess Lieven, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Beau Brummell and John Nash. The object of many rumours and caricatures, the prince sticks doggedly to his task for nearly two years. 

And just when it seems that he has failed, England fills his coffers in the most unexpected way, and in doing so launches him on a new career. 

In telling the story of Pückler’s adventures in the context of the trend for Anglo-European marriages based on the exchange of a title for money, The Fortune Hunter writes a new chapter in the history of England’s relationship with its Continental neighbours. 

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Off the Wall: New On-line Journal for East German Studies

June 1, 2010

The Centre for East German Studies at the University of Reading has accounced the launch of a new online journal, Off the Wall. The papers published are based on workshops held at the Centre for East German Studies. The topic of this issue is Language and Discourse in East German Studies.

Off the Wall appears once a year and publishes papers given at the Annual Forum of East German Studies organised by the Centre. The journal is open to the broad variety of topics related to that part of Germany which between 1949 and 1990 was the GDR, and it intends to offer easy access for researchers, students and the general public to the extensive research on the GDR and ongoing debates. With Off the Wall, the Centre for East German Studies hopes to help sustain the wide interest in this vital and politically and culturally important subject.

New Book: Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain 1933-1970

April 22, 2010

Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain 1933-1970
Their image in AJR Information

by Anthony Grenville

* First historical study of the Jewish refugees from Hitler in Britain
* In-depth analysis of the arrival and settlement of the Jewish refugees, 1933-1970
* Based on systematic research in the refugees’ own publication, AJR Information
* Detailed account of the identity and culture of the refugee community

Between 1933 and the outbreak of war in 1939, over 60,000 Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia fled to Britain, and some 50,000 settled there. As yet no historical study of this group of immigrants exists, though they form one of the most high profile groups of refugees to have come to Britain in the twentieth century, both as survivors of the Nazi terror and as high-achieving contributors to British society. Grenville gives a detailed account of the first quarter-century of their settlement in Britain, from 1945 to 1970. He covers new ground by drawing on a rich source of contemporary material, the previously untapped monthly journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees, AJR Information, which started in January 1946. The journal is the only contemporary source that provides material for a full-scale history of these refugees: when they established themselves permanently in Britain, how they adapted to British society and developed their distinctive ‘Continental’ identity and culture that characterized them in their adopted homeland. After describing the arrival of the refugees and their experience of the Second World War, Grenville analyses such areas as relations between the refugees and the British, the development of a refugee identity, refugee culture, the economic and professional profile of the refugee community, and home- and family-building, within the historical context of post-war austerity, the consumer prosperity of the 1950s and the social changes of the 1960s.

978 0 85303 842 9 cloth £45.00
978 0 85303 852 8 paper £19.95

NBA: The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass

August 4, 2009

 The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass

Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature

Edited by Stuart Taberner

University of Leeds

Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521700191)

 Also available in Hardback

Günter Grass is Germany’s best-known and internationally most successful living author, from his first novel The Tin Drum to his recent controversial autobiography. He is known for his tireless social and political engagement with the issues that have shaped post-War Germany: the difficult legacy of the Nazi past, the Cold War and the arms race, environmentalism, unification and racism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999. This Companion offers the widest coverage of Grass’s oeuvre across the range of media in which he works, including literature, television and visual arts. Throughout, there is particular emphasis on Grass’s literary style, the creative personality which inhabits all his work, and the impact on his reputation of revelations about his early involvement with Nazism. The volume sets out, in a fresh and lively fashion, the fundamentals that students and readers need in order to understand Grass and his individual works.

Grass is widely studied on German and comparative literature courses. This book includes the most up-to-date research from major scholars in the field.  Accessibly written, with a chronology and guide to further reading for students.


July 8, 2009

London German Studies XII: The Racehorse of Genius. Literary and Cultural Comparisons

07 May 2009

Martin Liebscher, Ben Schofield, Godela Weiss-Sussex
Institute of Germanic Studies publications, Volume 94 
£20.50 (GBP) (approx. $33.13 USD, €23.79 EUR)
Paperback (157 pages) ISBN: 9780854572212 (IGRS and iudicium Verlag, Munich)

NBA ‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’

July 8, 2009

‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’: German-Jewish Women Writers (1900-1938)

01 Jun 2009

Andrea Hammel, Godela Weiss-Sussex
Institute of Germanic Studies publications , Volume 93 
£42.00 (GBP) (approx. $67.87 USD, €48.74 EUR) 
Paperback (244 pages) ISBN: 9780854572205
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This volume explores the relationship between identity – understood not as an essence, but rather a positioning – and the work of German-Jewish women authors. The period 1900-1938 provided them with a wide range of possible self-identifications, both between Jewish tradition (or ‘Jewish renaissance’) and acculturation, and between a traditional and modern understanding of the position of women. By examining their texts in the historical and literary contexts in which they were written, the analyses in this book reveal traditions and positions that are not necessarily communicated directly by the German-Jewish authors themselves.
The volume contributes a major contribution to the understanding of writers who have largely been excluded from the literary canon to date and to the re-evaluation of their works. In addition to Gertrud Kolmar, Else Lasker-Schüler, Veza Canetti, Else Ury and Mascha Kaléko, the authors considered here include the less well-known: Klara Blum, Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt, Else Croner, Anna Gmeyner, Selma Kahn, Ruth Landshoff-Yorck, the journalist Regina Neisser and the salonière Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps.       

FLORIAN KROBB: ‘Female Writers’ Narratives in the Jahrbuch für jüdische Geschichte und Literatur: Ulla Wolff-Frank, Auguste Hauschner, Anna Goldschmidt’;
GABRIELE VON GLASENAPP: ‘”Was sollen unsere Töchter lesen?” Die jüdische Journalistin und Literaturpädagogin Regina Neisser’;
GODELA WEISS-SUSSEX: ‘Else Croner und die “moderne Jüdin”‘;
MARTINA LÜKE: ‘Else Ury – A Representative of the German-Jewish “Bürgertum”‘;
ANDREA HAMMEL: ‘Idealized and Demonized: Representations of Jewish Motherhood by Anna Gmeyner and Selma Kahn’;
MONIKA SHAFI: ‘Urban Experience and Identity in Gertrud Kolmar’s Die jüdische Mutter’;
ANDREAS KRAMER: ‘Topographien von Heimat in Else Lasker-Schülers Prosa’;
CHRISTINA PAREIGIS: ‘Glasperlenhebräisch. Das Fremd-Wort in den Schriften von Klara Blum und Gertrud Kolmar’;
BETTINA SPOERRI: ‘”Auf meinem Diwan wird Österreich lebendig.” Die jüdische Journalistin Berta Zuckerkandl-Szeps und ihr Wiener Salon’;
ALEXANDER KOŠENINA: ‘Veza Canetti – Fundstücke aus dem literarischen Nachlass’;
SIGRID BAUSCHINGER: ‘”It will never be again as it once was.” Mascha Kaléko’s Berlin and What was Left of It’;
KERRY WALLACH: ‘Mascha Kaléko Advertises the New Jewish Woman’;
URSULA KRECHEL: ‘”In hartes Grau verwandelt ist das Grün.” Ruth Landshoff-Yorck: Jüdin, Deutsche, Berlinerin’;
Index of Names.

NBA: English Language in Contact with Varieties of German

June 19, 2009

Pfalzgraf, Falco (ed). English Language in Contact with Varieties of German. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2009. ISBN 978-3-631-58132-2.

This volume contains a selection of ten papers based on lectures which have been given in the Language & Linguistics section of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (CAGCR) at Queen Mary, University of London, since autumn 2006. The first paper discusses the position of Linguistics in British German Studies; subsequent papers discuss not only the influence of English on Swiss German, Austrian German, and German in Germany, but also the German influence on English. Other papers deal with the integration of
anglicisms in the German language, problems of the grammatical gender of anglicisms, their position in Luxembourgish, their role in a multi-ethnic youth variety, and the connections between linguistic purism and globalization.

Contents: Falco Pfalzgraf: Vorwort – Sylvia Jaworska: Where Have All the Linguists Gone? The Position of Linguistics in British German Studies from the mid-19th Century until 2000 – Anthony Stanforth: The Influence of High German on the English Language – Alexander Onysko: Divergence with a Cause? The Systemic Integration of Anglicisms in German as an Indication of the Intensity of Language Contact – David Yeandle: English Loan Words and their Gender in German. An Etymological Perspective – Kerstin Paul/Eva Wittenberg:
«Askim, Baby, Schatz…». Anglizismen in einer multiethnischen Jugendsprache- Rudolf Muhr: Anglizismen und Pseudoanglizismen im Österreichischen Deutsch: 1945-2008. Ein Bericht – Felicity Rash: «Englisch ist cool»: The Influence of English on Swiss German – Gerald Newton: The English Influence on Luxembourgish – Falco Pfalzgraf: Sprachpurismus und Globalisierung – Melani Schröter: Der Thatcher-Merkel-Vergleich in der britischen und deutschen Presse 2005.

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NBA: The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism

June 17, 2009

The Politics of Place in Post-War Germany: Essays in Literary Criticism, edited by David Clarke Renate Rechtien (Lampter: Edwin Mellen, 2009)

The Politics of Place in Postward Literature

The Politics of Place in Postward Literature

This collection of essays by British and German scholars takes the case of post-war Germany as its focus and addresses a range of literary texts from East and West Germany, as well as from the post-unification period. The essays not only highlight the particular complexities and contradictions of the experience of place in the German case, but also offer a range of theoretical approaches to place in literature, which will find interest beyond German Studies.

NBA: Schiller the Dramatist

June 17, 2009

Schiller the Dramatist
A Study of Gesture in the Plays

John Guthrie

Recently, Schiller’s pioneering work in poetics and aesthetics and as a historian has been the focus of much scholarly interest. But his dramas, which continue to be performed regularly, still hold the most attraction. Despite his connection with idealist philosophy, Schiller is a dramatist of psychological conflict rather than of abstract ideas, and he had a unique grasp of how to portray such conflict on stage, not least through the use of gesture. This study begins with the origins of the gestures he employs. It then considers Schiller’s use of gesture and related aspects of stagecraft in his nine completed dramas. It is concerned with the interpretation of gesture, often marginalized in studies of Schiller’s works, and with the interrelationship between gesture and verbal text. The study also considers Schiller’s relationship to the theater of his day, and discusses the first performances of his plays and their more recent stage history in both Germany and Great Britain. Appearing in the 250th anniversary of Schiller’s birth, this study treats his dramas as plays written to be performed – as works that reach their fullest potential in the theater.

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