Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture

Stefani Engelstein (Editor), Carl Hendrik Niekerk (Editor)

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Abstract

This volume illuminates the vexed treatment of violence in the German cultural tradition between two crucial, and radically different, violent outbreaks: the French Revolution, and the Holocaust and Second World War. The contributions undermine the notion of violence as an intermittent or random visitor in the imagination and critical theory of modern German culture. Instead, they make a case for violence in its many manifestations as constitutive for modern theories of art, politics, identity, and agency. While the contributions elucidate trends in theories of violence leading up to the Holocaust, they also provide a genealogy of the stakes involved in ongoing discussions of the legitimate uses of violence, and of state, individual, and collective agency in its perpetration. The chapters engage the theorization of violence through analysis of cultural products, including literature, museum planning, film, and critical theory. This collection will be of interest to scholars in the fields of Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Philosophy, Gender Studies, History, Museum Studies, and beyond.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRodopi
Number of pages296
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAmsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik
Volume79

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    Constructing the Fascist Subject: Violence, Gender, and Sexuality in Ödön von Horváth’s Jugend ohne Gott

    Niekerk, C., Jan 1 2011, Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Engelstein, S. & Niekerk, C. (eds.). Brill, p. 139-161 (Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik; vol. 79).

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    Introduction: Violence, Culture, Aesthetics: Germany 1789–1938

    Engelstein, S. & Niekerk, C., Jan 1 2011, Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Engelstein, S. & Niekerk, C. (eds.). Brill, p. 13-32 (Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik; no. 79).

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    Sara’s Pain: The French Revolution in Therese Huber’s Die Familie Seldorf (1795–1796)

    Hilger, S. M., Jan 1 2011, Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. Engelstein, S. & Niekerk, C. (eds.). Brill, p. 33-48 (Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Cite this

    Engelstein, S., & Niekerk, C. H. (Eds.) (2011). Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture. (Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik; Vol. 79). Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789042032958