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Writing Switzerland : culture, history, and politics in the work of Peter von Matt

Author: Peter C Meilaender; Hans J Rindisbacher
Publisher: Oxford : Peter Lang, [2019] ©2019
Series: Germanic studies in America, no. 75.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The work of Peter von Matt, Switzerland's finest living literary critic, offers a model of humanistic scholarship par excellence: learned, gracious, elegant, dancing nimbly from history and culture to politics and philosophy. Von Matt thus weaves engaging literary analyses that are simultaneously interpretations not only of authors and texts but also of Swiss nationhood itself. Inspired in particular by his 2012  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Peter von Matt; Peter von Matt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Meilaender; Hans J Rindisbacher
ISBN: 9781789975536 1789975530
OCLC Number: 1099539356
Language Note: With contributions in English and German.
Description: x, 273 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Peter von Matt and the meaning of Swissness : an interdisciplinary engagement / Peter C. Meilaender and Hans J. Rindisbacher --
Einleitung. Peter von Matt und die Bedeutung von Swissness : ein interdisziplinäres Engagement / Peter C. Meilaender und Hans J. Rindisbacher --
Peter von Matt : theorist of modernity / Peter C. Meilaender --
Peter von Matt's Swiss Seelengeschichte : a narrative of the Swiss national experience / Donovan Anderson --
Alpenbilder im Wandel : Schweizerische Literarische Darstellung der Industrialisierung, Globalisierung und des Umweltbewusstseins von Haller bis Muschg / Richard R. Ruppel --
Als der gute Samariter die Schweiz retten sollte : das Rote Kreuz im Dienst der geistigen Landesverteidigung / Gerald J. Steinacher --
Switzerland's heroic legacy : national symbols as history and memory / Barbara Ann Bush --
Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost ist eine Kuh : über die Ausgrenzung der Kultur- und Wissenschaftsbeiträge von Schweizerinnen / Margrit V. Zinggeler --
Bunker als system-metaphern : Burgers Künstliche Mutter und Dürrenmatts Winterkrieg in Tibet / Hans J. Rindisbacher --
Dürrenmatt's detectives and the end of hermeneutics / Peter Gilgen --
Epilog : ein kurzes Gespräch / Peter C. Meilaender and Peter von Matt.
Series Title: Germanic studies in America, no. 75.
Responsibility: edited by Peter C. Meilaender and Hans J. Rindisbacher.

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"The work of Peter von Matt, Switzerland's finest living literary critic, offers a model of humanistic scholarship par excellence: learned, gracious, elegant, dancing nimbly from history and culture to politics and philosophy. Von Matt thus weaves engaging literary analyses that are simultaneously interpretations not only of authors and texts but also of Swiss nationhood itself. Inspired in particular by his 2012 volume Das Kalb vor der Gotthardpost: Zur Literatur und Politik der Schweiz (winner of that year's Schweizer Buchpreis), this interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading North American scholars of Swiss Studies supplies a critical but appreciative engagement with von Matt's writing. Of interest to students of literature and of Switzerland, it is the first volume devoted specifically to probing the legacy of von Matt's thought. It is thus a worthy testimony to the richness and influence of one of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Switzerland's leading intellectuals"--

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