The reception of literature is never an exclusively literary phenomenon; it is embedded in a broader political, social, and cultural context. This book is as much a history of German-American literary relations as it is a cultural history of the United States. The Fortunes of German Writers in America explores the North American reception of famous German writers, among them Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Storm, Arthur Schnitzler, Gerhart Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel, Bertolt Brecht, Erich Maria Remarque, Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Hermann Hesse, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
The work done to date on the reception of German literature in North America has generally concentrated on individual twentieth-century writers. The articles in this volume deal with nineteenth-and twentieth-century writers, covering a period of almost two hundred years, and the contributors analyze the subjects from a variety of perspectives, offering a multifaceted view.
Wolfgang Elfe is professor of German at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in German language and literature from the University of Massachusetts and has taught at Williams College and SUNY-Albany. His articles and reviews have appeared in German and American scholarly publications.
James Hardin is professor of German at the University of South Carolina. His previous books have dealt primarily with seventeenth-century German writers, and he is currently working on a seventeen-volume literary history in the series Dictionary of Literary Biography. The author of numerous articles on German literature, Hardin edits the Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature series published by the University of South Carolina Press.
Gunther Holst is professor of German at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in German language and literature from the University of Texas. His articles and reviews have appeared in German and American scholarly publications.