William J. O’Keeffe

A Literary Occupation

Responses of German writers in service in occupied Europe

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    Auteur William J. O’Keeffe
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Editions de Boccard

    Pax in Bello, peace in the midst of war, was the motto one writer chose to signify the private dilemma: how could the humanist, clad in the uniform of the occupier, write of liberal values, see with a liberal eye – and publish, or hope to? From the armistice peace of occupied France, from the partisan war and incipient civil war of Greece, from the all-out warfare in southern Russia, came writing that revealed not just the everyday split consciousness resulting from the overlay of Nazi ideology, but writing also that circumvented and in places subverted the propaganda imperative which then governed everything in print. For a European community that now sees itself as exemplar and upholder of liberal democratic values, the study of that first great test of modern liberal conscience is instructive. Some essayed the test in the craft of writing, and came away with some honour. Their works are examined in this book.

    Introduction A civil literature in an uncivil time The propaganda imperative Literary conscripts A Franco-Hellenic axis The German philhellenic paradigm The literary-critical focus: the aesthetic A reappraisal of critical reception Prevailing literary form The Kriegstagebuch: mastery and criticism Editions and source texts: methodology Kulturpolitik: courtship, custodianship Myth and realities France: the centrality of Paris Greece: apprehending the antique Literature on two fronts Involuntary tourism The Francophile’s dilemma Culture shock: the East Applied fictive form Aesthetic dissidence Erhart Göpel’s Die Normandie and Die Bretagne Göpel and Erhart Kästner: freedom of the aesthete Griechenland/Kreta: repossession of classical Greece Aesthetic of light: Erhart Kästner and Felix Hartlaub Aesthetic of stone: Kästner’s appeal for moderation Mentioning the war: classical elision The redundancy of revision Kästner, Hauptmann, Heidegger: Wortwunder Felix Hartlaub: Paris underground Formative influences on Weltanschauung The migrant flâneur Idle pursuit? The wartime flâneur Hartlaub: the writing persona Doppelgänger: Hartlaub and “Er” Phenomenology of a city Erzählte Zeit: relegation of chronological time Occupation: alien aesthetic Sub-texts of subversion Colour as agent The centrality of the Paris sketches: critical reception Lacunae, resistance speculation, death of a flâneur Conclusion Fortunes of war The modes of literary response: an evaluation Bibliography Illustrations

    Format Broché
    Nombre de pages
    240
    Collection Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3770-0
    Type Nom