Anglo-German Dramatic and Poetic Encounters: Perspectives on Exchange in the Sattelzeit (Studies in Text & Print Culture) (Hardcover)
Focusing on particular cases of Anglo-German exchange in the period known as the Sattelzeit (1750-1850), this volume of essays explores how drama and poetry played a central role in the development of British and German literary cultures. With increased numbers of people studying foreign languages, engaging in translation work, and traveling between Britain and Germany, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries gave rise to unprecedented opportunities for intercultural encounters and transnational dialogues. While most research on Anglo-German exchange has focused on the novel, this volume seeks to reposition drama and poetry within discourses of national identity, intercultural transfer, and World Literature. The essays in the collection cohere in affirming the significance of poetry and drama as literary forms that shaped German and British cultures in the period. The essays also consider the nuanced movement of texts and ideas across genres and cultures, the formation and reception of poetic personae, and the place of illustration in cross-cultural, textual exchange.
Sandro Jung is distinguished professor of English at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and past president of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Michael Wood is British Academy postdoctoral fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.