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The Cambridge Companion to Rilke


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Karen Leeder, Robert Vilain, Rüdiger Görner, Ulrich Baer, Charlie Louth, William Waters, Andreas Huyssen, Kathleen L. Komar, Thomas Martinec, Andreas Kramer, Helen Bridge, Paul Bishop, Anthony Phelan
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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705080

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  • Often regarded as the greatest German poet of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) remains one of the most influential figures of European modernism. In this Companion, leading scholars offer informative and thought-provoking essays on his life and social context, his correspondence, all his major collections of poetry including most famously the Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, and his seminal novel of Modernist anxiety, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Rilke's critical contexts are explored in detail: his relationship with philosophy and the visual arts, his place within modernism and his relationship to European literature, and his reception in Europe and beyond. With its invaluable guide to further reading and a chronology of Rilke's life and work, this Companion will provide an accessible, engaging account of this extraordinary poet whose legacy looms so large today.

    • Comprehensive and accessible guide to Rilke's work, his life, and his continuing influence
    • Aimed at those new to his poetry as well as experienced scholars
    • Features a chronology and a guide to further reading
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    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705080
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Karen Leeder and Robert Vilain
    Part I. Life:
    1. Rilke: a biographical exploration Rüdiger Görner
    2. The status of the correspondence in Rilke's work Ulrich Baer
    Part II. Works:
    3. Early poems Charlie Louth
    4. The new poems William Waters
    5. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge Andreas Huyssen
    6. The Duino Elegies Kathleen L. Komar
    7. The Sonnets to Orpheus Thomas Martinec
    Part III. Cultural Contexts, Influences, Reception:
    8. Rilke and modernism Andreas Kramer
    9. Rilke as reader Robert Vilain
    10. Rilke and the visual arts Helen Bridge
    11. Rilke: thought and mysticism Paul Bishop
    12. Rilke and his philosophical critics Anthony Phelan
    13. Rilke's legacy in the English-speaking world Karen Leeder
    Appendix: poem titles
    Guide to further reading
    Index to Rilke's works.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Foundations of Material Culture
  • Editors

    Karen Leeder, University of Oxford
    Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College.

    Robert Vilain, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Robert Vilain is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.


    Karen Leeder, Robert Vilain, Rüdiger Görner, Ulrich Baer, Charlie Louth, William Waters, Andreas Huyssen, Kathleen L. Komar, Thomas Martinec, Andreas Kramer, Helen Bridge, Paul Bishop, Anthony Phelan

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