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Author Dolan, Joseph P.
Source Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Content type Text
Publisher New Prairie Press
File Format PDF
Date Created 2017-05-18
Copyright Year ©1977
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) PT1-4897 ♦ PQ1-3999
Subject Keyword German literature ♦ Language and Literature
Abstract The apolitical attitudes that made inner emigration possible were well established in Germany in the decade preceding 1933. Three main ideas from the tradition of "inwardness" were used to justify the exclusion of politics from literature: the timelessness of the inner life, the notion of the genius as hero of society, and the religious function of art. These ideas were propagated especially by the Dresden literary journal, Die Kolonne (1929-1932), to which such leading poets as Günter Eich, Peter Huchel, and Elisabeth Langgässer contributed. Literature of the period reveals a preference for the themes of nature and of myth, insofar as these express the cyclical renewal of the cosmos, and for the motifs of childhood and of cultural pessimism. Apparently apolitical writers were actually politically conservative, and in at least one case, conservatism was associated with an authoritarian upbringing. This link may help explain the extraordinary survival of apolitical attitudes beyond 1945.
ISSN 15557839
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1977-01-01
e-ISSN 15557839
Journal Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 2

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