By Roger F. Cook

Because the such a lot admired German-Jewish Romantic author, Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) grew to become a focus for a lot of the strain generated via the Jewish assimilation to German tradition in a time marked through a turning out to be emphasis at the shared ancestry of the German Volk. As either an inventive composer of Romantic verse and the originator of modernist German prose, he defied nationalist-Romantic innovations of inventive genius that grounded German greatness in an idealist culture of Dichter und Denker. And as a brash, frequently reckless champion of freedom and social justice, he challenged not just the reactionary ruling powers of recovery Germany but in addition the incipient nationalist ideology that will have fateful effects for the recent Germany--consequences he usually portended with a prophetic imaginative and prescient born of his personal event. attaining to the guts of the `German question,' the controversies surrounding Heine were as extreme due to the fact that his loss of life as they have been in his personal lifetime, frequently serving as an acid try out for vital questions of nationwide and social realization. This new quantity of essays by means of students from Germany, Britain, Canada, and the us bargains new serious insights on key routine concerns in his paintings: the symbiosis of German and Jewish tradition; rising nationalism one of the eu peoples; severe perspectives of Romanticism and sleek philosophy; eu tradition at the threshold to modernity; irony, wit, and self-critique as needful components of a contemporary aesthetic; altering perspectives on teleology and the dialectics of historical past; and ultimate ideas and reconsiderations from his final, lengthy years in a sickbed. members: Michael Perraudin, Paul Peters, Roger F. cook dinner, Willi Goetschel, Gerhard Höhn, Paul Reitter, Robert C. Holub, Jeffrey Grossman, Anthony Phelan, Joseph A. Kruse, and George F. Peters. Roger F. prepare dinner is professor of German on the collage of Missouri, Columbia.

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The widely used alternative is the six-volume (in seven) Sämtliche Schriften edited by Klaus Briegleb and published in the years 1968– 1976. Complemented by the first complete edition of Heine’s letters (edited by Friedrich Hirth and published originally in six volumes from 1950 to 1957, and then in two volumes in 1965), Briegleb’s edition was the West German rival to Hans Kaufmann’s Werke und Briefe in 10 Bänden, published by the Aufbau Verlag (East Germany) between 1961 and 1964. Bolstered by hefty but uneven critical commentary, the Briegleb edition eventually left the combined East German collection of works and letters in its wake, probably more as a result of the successful publishing industry behind it than because of the editorial work.

He emphasizes, however, Heine’s attempt to offset the degenerative tendency of modernity and to find an alternative mode by which the “otherness of mythic sensualism” can exert its redemptive powers. While no longer the self-assured prophet of an eventual synthesis of the sensual and the spiritual, the ailing writer continues the “Freiheitskampf” even in his own weakened capacity and against a suffocating modern culture. In his incisive examination of the concept of time in the three poems of “Hebräische Melodien,” Goetschel also demonstrates how Heine endeavored to ward off what he saw as a debilitating modernist apprehension of history.

S. Heine’s Jewish Comedy: A Study of His Portraits of Jews and Judaism. Oxford: Clarendon, 1983. INTRODUCTION E 33 Sammons, Jeffrey L. Heinrich Heine: A Selected Critical Bibliography, 1956– 1980. New York and London: Garland, 1982. Seifert, Siegfried. Heine-Bibliographie 1954–1964. Berlin and Weimar: Aufbau, 1968. Seifert, Siegfried, and Albina A. Volgina. Heine-Bibliographie 1965–1982. Berlin and Weimar: Aufbau, 1986. Werner, Michael, ed. Begegnungen mit Heine: Berichte der Zeitgenossen, in Fortführung von H.

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