Forgotten Dreams

Forgotten Dreams

Revisiting Romanticism in the Cinema of Werner Herzog

Laurie Ruth Johnson

Hardback
$90.00
Personal eBook
$29.99

Camden House

Overview

Overview

Offers not only an analytical study of the films of Herzog, perhaps the most famous living German filmmaker, but also a new reading of Romanticism's impact beyond the nineteenth century and in the present.

Werner Herzog (b. 1942) is perhaps the most famous living German filmmaker, but his films have never been read in the context of German cultural history. And while there is a surfeit of film reviews, interviews, and scholarly articles on Herzog and his work, there are very few books devoted to his films, and none addressing his entire career to date. Until now.
Forgotten Dreams offers not only an analytical study of Herzog's films but also a new reading of Romanticism's impact beyond the nineteenth century. It argues that his films re-envision and help us better understand a critical stream in Romanticism, and places the films in conversation with other filmmakers, authors, and philosophers in order to illuminate that critical stream. The result is a lively reconnection with Romantic themes and convictions that have been partly forgotten in the midst of Germany's postwar rejection of much of Romantic thought, yet are still operative in German culture today. The film analyses will interest scholars of film, German Studies, and Romanticism as well as a broader public interested in Herzog's films and contemporary German cultural debates. The book will also appeal to those interested in the ongoing renegotiation - by Western and other cultures - of relationships between reason and passion, civilization and wild nature, knowledge and belief.

Laurie Ruth Johnson is Associate Professor of German, Comparative and World Literature, and Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Details

24 colour, 1 black and white illustrations
312 pages
9x6 in
Screen Cultures: German Film and the Visual
Hardback, 9781571139115, February 2016
Personal eBook, 9781782047315, February 2016
Library eBook
Camden House
BIC APFA, 1DFG, 2AB
BISAC PER004030, LIT004170, LIT006000
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Werner Herzog's Films and the Other Discourse of Romanticism
Image and Knowledge
Surface and Depth
Beauty and Sublimity
Man and Animal
Sound and Silence
Conclusion: Herzog's Romantic Cinema
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

(A) worthy addition to any interdisciplinary study of Herzog's films - and the influence of alternative German romanticism as well as formal romanticism on moviemaking . . . . (A)n impressive unravelling of Werner Herzog's valuable contribution to cinema through a viewpoint not previously attempted, shining a light on some intriguing cultural influences and their effects on this fascinating filmmaker. FILM IRELAND

Laurie Johnson's book expands Herzog criticism in important aspects. HANS-HELMUT-PRINZLER.DE

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