Secret Sharers: Joseph Conrads Cultural Reception in Germany Anthony Fothergill

ISBN: 9783039102716

Published: January 3rd 2007

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274 pages


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Secret Sharers: Joseph Conrads Cultural Reception in Germany  by  Anthony Fothergill

Secret Sharers: Joseph Conrads Cultural Reception in Germany by Anthony Fothergill
January 3rd 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 274 pages | ISBN: 9783039102716 | 8.38 Mb

This is the first book-length account of Joseph Conrads reception in Germany, a virtually unresearched area of Conrad studies. It demonstrates that Conrad was read and used by his German readers as a cosmopolitan literary and moral voice against theMoreThis is the first book-length account of Joseph Conrads reception in Germany, a virtually unresearched area of Conrad studies.

It demonstrates that Conrad was read and used by his German readers as a cosmopolitan literary and moral voice against the prevailing nationalism of Germany in the dark times of the 1930s and 1940s, when their own voices were being silenced. Challenging the longstanding assumption that Germany remained largely indifferent to his works, this book demonstrates that, particularly after the translation of the complete fiction commencing in the 1920s, Conrads works achieved near cult status in Germany.

On the basis of diaries and letters, contemporary reviews and essays, unpublished archival material as well as novels and films, the author illuminates the range and importance of Conrads presence as a powerful liberating imagination within twentieth-century German culture. Championed by Thomas Mann, lauded by Hermann Hesse, and decried as Conrad the Jew by the Nazis, Conrad has remained an influential presence in post-war German culture.

The study offers a completely fresh perspective on Conrads works and speaks eloquently for the importance of recognizing the way trans-national literary cultural relations have helped to shape European cultural history.



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