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Rilke, Europe, and the English-Speaking World

Rilke, Europe, and the English-Speaking World


  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521168373

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  • In this 1961 text, Professor Mason examines the complex of ambiguous attitudes which Rilke had towards Europe, in particular his hostility towards England and the English language. He proves that Rilke knew more English than he admitted, had English friends, and valued his English admirers. Professor Mason also shows that the heart of the matter is also at the heart of Rilke's poetry; that he identified England and above all America with forces which were robbing his Europe of its spiritual significance. The central passages of the Duino Elegies are thus seen from a fresh perspective. Professor Mason is writing of a genius who was also tiresome, and there is a pleasant astringent touch in many parts of the book. For readers of Rilke it is essential: written at a time when the European ideal had to be given life in England and substance in Europe, it provides any European with something to consider.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521168373
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. Rilke's conception of Europe
    3. Rilke and his native Austria
    4. Rilke and Germany
    5. Rilke and the English language
    6. Stereotyped estimates of Anglo-Saxon culture
    7. 'Neuromantik' and its English precursors
    8. Rilke and English literature after 1902
    9. Rilke and the Anglo-Saxon abroad
    10. Rilke's real quarrel with the English-speaking world
    11. Tributes
    General index
    Index of Rilke's writings

  • Author

    Eudo C. Mason

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