Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

...Acknowledgments might provide the object for an interesting study of the relations of domination that preside over the conduct of those who have just completed a scholarly work. Even in such an apparently “neutral” situation, they tend to express...

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Introduction: The Metamorphoses of Domination and the Subject of German Studies

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pp. xi-xxxii

...The purpose of this book is to analyze German Studies as a disciplinary system. Accordingly, this is not a historical account of representative authors, currents, and methods, but a critical history addressing the institutional and exclusionary practices...

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1. The Origins of Modern German Studies

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pp. 1-34

...Starting in 1810, when the first chair of German Studies was established in the newly created University of Berlin and assigned to Friedrich von der Hagen, the discipline developed according to a two- pronged system: on the one hand, the study of the German language and literature of the...

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2. Under the Aegis of Goethe: Liberal Historiography from Gervinus to Dilthey

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pp. 35-53

...The philological paradigm embraced by institutional Germanistik was by no means the only available option: an alternative path existed that, however, proved less viable under the circumstances due to political implications that could not easily be accepted at that point in German history. This alternative path was...

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3. The Science of Literature and the Steam Engine: Wilhelm Scherer and the Positivist School

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pp. 54-68

...Royal Science Academy of Berlin. This event marked the positive conclusion of the long march of German literature toward full acceptance within the academy. And it was by no means accidental that this conclusion was brought about by a...

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4. Wilhelm Dilthey and Geistesgeschichte

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pp. 69-93

...Around 1900 the disciplinary consolidation of German Studies was accomplished. The progress of the discipline that followed the successes of the positivist school is undeniable: Scherer’s replacement in Berlin by his student Erich Schmidt...

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5. German Studies in the Years of National Socialism

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pp. 94-116

...From what I have written so far, it is clear that the transition from the Weimar Republic to National Socialism was not particularly traumatic for German Studies: during the Weimar years the ground had been accurately laid and the entire official discipline...

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6. The Break in Political Continuity and the Continuity of the Disciplinary Apparatus, 1945–1968

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pp. 117-143

...In the spring of 1945, Hitler’s armies were finally defeated and the Nazi regime came to an end. The country was occupied by the Allied Forces (the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France) and divided into four zones of influence roughly...

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7. The Dialectics of Rebellion: 1968 and Its Consequences

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pp. 144-158

...Toward the mid- 1960s German society entered an entirely new phase. The traumatic postwar years were definitely over, unemployment was almost nonexistent, the reconstruction process was almost accomplished, and the people of the...

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8. After 1968: Transforming the Canon, Shifting the Paradigms

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pp. 159-179

...The period from 1968 to the mid- 1970s was characterized by the production of critical and theoretical studies that marked a significant difference from the past. The study of literature and the debate on literary theory were now seen as...

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9. Beyond the Year 2000: German Studies between New Approaches and the Resurgence of Philology

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pp. 180-198

...German Studies has been in a state of crisis for more than thirty years, or rather it seems to go from one crisis to the next: the Congress of Munich; the movement of 1968; the self- criticism of the 1970s; the expansion and revision of the national literary canon, the emergence of new subjects; the renewed...

Notes

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pp. 199-246

Index

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pp. 247-259