Edited by Rüdiger Görner. Published 2002. ISBN: 9780854572007.
This volume is the outcome of an innovative series of letures in which five well-known British authors gave account of their perception of German literature. Intriguingly, none decided to talk about contemporary German-speaking authors, but discovered in poets like Paul Fleming, Goethe Celan, E.T.A. Hofmann and Jean Paul uncanny similitudes or elective affinities, perhaps partly to their own surprise. They introduce these representatives of the German literary tradition as our contemporaries and consider the extent of what we have lost in terms of context and aesthetic appreciation which makes it more difficult for us to comprehend the subtleties and shifts of tone in classical texts.
BARBARA HONRATH: :'Preface: British Writers on German Literature'
RÜDIGER GÖRNER:: 'Introduction'
LAWRENCE NORFOLK: :'The Hunt for Celan's Boar'
PHILIP HENSHER:: 'On Jean Paul'
PATRICIA DUNCKER:: 'Hoffmann's Uncanny Replicant. Freud , Frankenstein and the Sandman'
JAMES BUCHAN: :'Goethe's Riddle: The Winter Journey in the Harz '
MICHAEL HULSE: :'Paul Fleming's Travails and Graces'