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Else Lasker-Schüler

Else Lasker-Schüler
The Broken World


Part of Anglica Germanica Series 2

  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521168366

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  • Else Lasker-Schüler (1869–1945) was a German-Jewish poet who died in exile in Jerusalem. This 1974 book was the first full-length treatment of her poetry in English. The aim of the author, a practising psychologist at the time of this book's original publication, in this study of the poet's life, was to see poetry as an expression of the deeper urges of the psyche. The book takes as a point of departure Peter Hille's remark that Lasker-Schüler was a 'Sappho whose world had broken apart'. Her world of experience was a constant swing between extremes: an intense longing for communication which, thwarted, led back to isolation and despair. The wish for contact and withdrawal from reality often coexist in irreconcilable conflict, only resolved by the poet's own acceptance of things as they are. She came closest to such acceptance in her search for God, which led to her religious poetry.

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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521168366
    • length: 176 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prefatory note
    Part I. Introduction
    Part II. A Biographical Outline:
    1. Myth and reality
    2. Childhood
    3. Marriage
    4. Friends
    5. Paul
    6. Emigration
    7. Jerusalem
    Part III. The Swing of the Pendulum:
    1. The backward movement: withdrawal: i. Disappointment and resentment
    ii. Despair and isolation
    iii. Escape into fantasy
    iv. Preoccupation with death
    2. The forward movement: outgoing: i. Longing for contact
    ii. The erotic encounter
    iii. The search for God
    Biographical data
    Select bibliography
    Diagram: the swing of the pendulum.

  • Author

    Hans W. Cohn

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