Du Bois's 1928 novel Dark Princess was written in English but its medievalist re-imagining of a court romance is set in Berlin, where its African American protagonist falls in love with a princess who introduces him to a world of people of colour in positions of power and influence. Useful for courses on medievalisms or … Continue reading Du Bois, W. E. B. Dark Princess (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
China’s Stefan Zweig not only re-conceptualizes our understanding of cross-cultural reception and its underlying dynamics, but proposes a serious re-evaluation of one of the most successful yet misunderstood European writers of the twentieth century. Zweig’s works, which have inspired recent film adaptations such as Xu Jinglei’s Letter from an Unknown Woman (2005) and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), are … Continue reading Hoefle, Arnhilt Johanna. China’s Stefan Zweig. The Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Reception (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2018).
The first collection of essays in the new field of Asian-German Studies, Imagining Germany Imagining Asia demonstrates that Germany and Asia have always shared cultural spaces. Indeed, since the time of the German Enlightenment, Asia served as the foil for fantasies of sexuality, escape, danger, competition, and racial and spiritual purity that were central to foundational ideas … Continue reading Fuechtner, Veronika, and Mary Rhiel (eds.). Imagining Germany Imagining Asia: Essays in Asian-German Studies. vol. 136, 2013.
This book examines the history of the German-Korean relationship from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century, focusing on the nations’ varied encounters with each other during the last years of the Yi dynasty, the Japanese occupation of Korea, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era. With essays from a range of internationally respected scholars, … Continue reading Cho, Joanne Miyang and Lee M. Roberts (eds.). Transnational Encounters between Germany and Korea: Affinity in Culture and Politics in the Long Twentieth Century (London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).
Li's monograph studies Anna Seghers's engagement with China, Chinese people, Chinese and Taoist thought, art and history, and how this interest is reflected in her literary and political works.
Li's article explores the revival of Romantic artistic traditions and thought in the Weimar Republic through a study of Orientalist depictions of Ancient China and Buddhism in German art historical scholarship.
Cho and McGetchin's volume of essays explores how gender was at the centre of interactions between Germany and Asia (including India, China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Korea). Rather than see Western and Eastern cultures as diametrically opposed, the essays in the volume explore how German and Asian people negotiate gender in closely connected … Continue reading Cho, Joanne Miyang, and Douglas T. McGetchin (eds). Gendered Encounters between Germany and Asia: Transnational Perspectives since 1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017).
Musch traces the history of Jewish-Buddhist encounters from the fin de siècle to the start of the Second World War. He shows the strong influence of Buddhist thought and culture on Jewish writers and intellectuals, including Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Leo Baeck, Theodor Lessing, Jakob Wassermann, Walter Hasenclever and Lion Feuchtwanger. Musch demonstrates how these … Continue reading Musch, Sebastian. Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture: Between Moses and Buddha, 1890-1940 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Shen and Rosenstock bring together essays by scholars working on a range of media (newsreels, feature films, essays, novels, documentaries and historical sources) from the fin-de-siècle to the twenty-first century. All explore the links between German, Chinese and Japanese ideas, writing and culture. Includes essays on Arnold Fanck and the Bergfilm, DEFA documentaries about China, … Continue reading Shen, Qinna, and Martin Rosenstock. Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia (New York: Berghahn, 2014).
This edited collection draws links and conversations between Western European art (German, Irish, Austrian) and Chinese modernism. It casts its definition of modernism widely, including modernist Chinese films in divided Germany alongside earlier literary work, and drawing out the web of connections between China and Europe while avoiding cultural hierarchies.