Modern German Literature
March 2011, Polity
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"Minden's study is intellectually exciting, full of intriguing insights, opinionated and argumentative in the best sense. The book is eloquently written and challenging and will be a major contribution to German Studies and to Cultural Studies."
Elizabeth Boa, University of Nottingham
"Michael Minden's cultural history of modern German literature provides a rich context for astute and stimulating re-readings of canonical works. In scrutinizing German literature as a variety of social and artistic practices, he offers refreshing perspectives on the interaction between writers, texts and readers."
Katrin Kohl, Jesus College, Oxford
"This synthetic account of 250 years of Europe's central literary culture is a history of modernity which shows how literature assimilated, anticipated, and countered the effects of rapid social change. Minden's readings of the most influential examples of high and low German literary writing are uncompromisingly intelligent, memorably sententious, and nearly always invite contestation. Modern German Literature is the distillation of a lifetime's reading and teaching; it is a rare feat by a unique scholar and fluent writer."
Julian Preece, Swansea University