The Image and Influence of America in German Poetry since 1945

The Image and Influence of America in German Poetry since 1945

Gregory Divers

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Camden House

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Examines the image of the US in German poetry and the reception and influence of American poetry in Germany since 1945.
This book focuses on the image of the US in German poetry and the reception of American poetry in Germany since 1945. Gregory Divers examines poems by major figures in 20th-century German literature - Benn, Brecht, Bachmann, Jandl, and Grass, among others - and by other poets who shaped America's postwar image in Germany. Divers traces America's postwar status in Germany from the prisoner-of-war poems of Günter Eich to the pop poetry of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann and Peter Handke. Continuing, he finds that although the 1960s protest poems of Erich Fried and others reflect the tarnishing of America's image due to Vietnam, 1970s travel poems by Brinkmann, Kunert, and Kunze confirm the resiliency of that image. Finally, Divers looks at poems by Hartung, Delius, and Kling to illustrate the new heights reached by America's image within German literary circles during the 1980s, and the status of America in Germany after reunification. In charting these developments in postwar German poetry, Divers also shows how American influences are crucial to its understanding, not only surveying postwar German reception of Whitman, Eliot, Pound, and William Carlos Williams, but also examining the influence of such figures as Charles Olson and Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg and the Beats, Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery, and Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath.

Gregory Divers is Assistant Professor of German at Saint Louis University.

Details

March 2002
308 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571132420
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BIC DSC, 1DFG, 2AB
BISAC LIT004170, LIT014000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pfannkuchen, Coca-Cola, Hollywood, Harlem: How Do You Like America?
Prejudice, Problems, Fragments: Early Postwar Reception of American Poetry
The 1960s: Jazz Beats Rhythms of Change
O Taste and See the Projective Verse: Höllerer's "Thesen zum langen Gedicht"
und Vietnam und Erich Fried: American and the German Political Poem of the 1960s
Kilroy Was Here: How Vietnam Changed the Image of America
Fiedler Crosses the Border, Brinkmann Closes the Gap: The Origins of German Pop Poetry
Travel Destination America: Image and Influence through the mid-1970s
Casting Light on Mr. Hopper's America: From the Late 1970s through the 1980s
After the Wall: Luftbrücke und heavy metal sounzz
Conclusion: Imago America
Works Cited
Index

Reviews

Divers's book is a good resource for those studying both modern and postmodern German poetry. His research is especially valuable because it offers a look into a number of recent decades and their influences on German poets. CHOICE

For the reader seeking a deeper understanding of this fascinating intercultural relationship, one that lends itself to enthusiastic discussion in the German language and literature classroom, Divers' study is highly recommended. GERMAN QUARTERLY

... will figure as a precious contribution to the research of national German poetry, carried out with the utmost care and including always well-substantiated, at times even brilliant close readings. AMERIKASTUDIEN

... (A) meticulous examination of how and to whatdegree German postwar poetry absorbs US-Americanculture.... (It) will figure as a precious contribution to the research of national German poetry, carried out with utmost care and including always well-substantiated, at times even brilliant, close readings. AMERIKASTUDIEN

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