The Eulenburg Affair
A Cultural History of Politics in The German Empire
The scandal surrounding Prince Philip Eulenberg, Emperor Wilhelm II’s closest confidant, began in 1906, when a journalist, Maximilian Harden, claimed that the Emperor was under the influence of a homosexual cabal led by Eulenberg. Domeier’s study examines the scandal and the many issues it raised. Translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider.
The Shadow in the Garden
A Biographer's Tale
James Atlas, the biographer of the American poet Delmore Schwartz and the novelist Saul Bellow, reflects on the pursuit of literary biography and tells his own story as a biographer, from his student days studying under Richard Ellman at Oxford, to his ‘archaic laments’ in the age of email; but also traces the history of biography and great literary biographers, from Plutarch’s Lives to Richard Holmes’s Coleridge.
Half a Crown
In Jo Walton’s alternative history, Britain and Nazi Germany signed the Farthing Treaty in 1941. Now, it is 1960 and a summit meeting in London offers an unlikely pair – the commander of Britain’s infamous secret police and a debutante – a chance to end Fascist rule. Book three of the Small Change trilogy.
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Books & Birds
‘Triangulating between the bird, the world and literature’, Alex Preston’s book brings together a vast range of writing about birds and his own very personal experience as a birdwatcher, book-lover and novelist. Arranged by 21 bird species, each one illustrated by Neil Gower, the book quotes poets and prose writers as diverse as Dark Age poets, John Clare and Richard Mabey, looking always for writing that ‘makes the birds take shape in the mind in a way that is new yet immediately familiar’.
The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
In 12 essays, this volume examines films - including works by Heldmann, Haemmerli and Wenders - that give an idea of the forms of autobiography unique to the German context and highlight the challenges of constructing the self via audiovisual media.
DEFA after East Germany
In this volume of essays, German scholars introduce 18 key films made by DEFA (Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft) between 1988 and 1994, the period around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the sweeping changes in East Germany – the Wende – that followed. Including interviews and contemporary reviews of films, the book presents a complex portrait of East German cinema, its communist bloc influences and its legacy for German film culture. No jacket.
Literary Studies and the Pursuits of Reading
In these twelve essays, critical discussion is combined with historical investigations into cultural practices and representations of reading, with topics ranging from 15th-century carnival plays to ‘reading on the edge of oblivion’ in JM Coetzee’s Age of Iron.
Dogs of Courage
When Britain's Pets Went to War 1939–45
From 1939, when people were advised that if they couldn't send their pets to the country in wartime, 'it really is kindest to have them destroyed', to the Dickin Medals awarded at the end of the war, Clare Campbell tells the story of the dogs' war effort, whether conscripted to serve on the battlefields as messengers or mine detectors, or as rescue dogs working in the rubble of bombed buildings, sniffing out survivors on the home front.