This edition in modern German translation compiles some of the most important mystical writings of the medieval period, originally written in Latin and in Germanic languages, and including work by significant women writers. The works show the diversity of medieval Christian mysticism, including writers accused of heresy, demonstrate the complexity of medieval authorship and the … Continue reading Johanna Lanczkowski (ed.), Mystische Texte des Mittelalters (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1999).
Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1207-1282) was one of the most important writers and mystics of thirteenth-century Germany. Her work attracted significant attention in her lifetime and since, with Heinrich of Halle collecting her best known works into the seven-volume Das fließende Licht der Gottheit. The original Middle Low German writing has been lost, but numerous … Continue reading Mechthild von Magdeburg, Das fließende Licht der Gottheit: Auswahl (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2008).
First full edition in German of the works of Elisabeth of Schönau (1129-1164), a Benedictine ascetic and visionary, who corresponded with Hildegard of Bingen and whose visions were recorded in Latin. The writings raise important questions about gender and authorship, as many of her visions seem to have been written down by her brother Egbert. … Continue reading Elisabeth von Schönau, Werke (Paderborn: Schöningh, 2006)
Hrotsvitha was one of the first women writers in German-speaking Europe whose works survive today. These two dramas deal with a range of Christian and Biblical topics. Dulcitius depicts the martyrdom of the early medieval women saints, Agape, Chione and Irene, and explores ideas of chastity and piety. The easily available Reclam version is a … Continue reading Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim, Dulcitius. Abraham (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2005)
Li's monograph studies Anna Seghers's engagement with China, Chinese people, Chinese and Taoist thought, art and history, and how this interest is reflected in her literary and political works.
Li's article explores the revival of Romantic artistic traditions and thought in the Weimar Republic through a study of Orientalist depictions of Ancient China and Buddhism in German art historical scholarship.
Cho and McGetchin's volume of essays explores how gender was at the centre of interactions between Germany and Asia (including India, China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Korea). Rather than see Western and Eastern cultures as diametrically opposed, the essays in the volume explore how German and Asian people negotiate gender in closely connected … Continue reading Cho, Joanne Miyang, and Douglas T. McGetchin (eds). Gendered Encounters between Germany and Asia: Transnational Perspectives since 1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017).
Musch traces the history of Jewish-Buddhist encounters from the fin de siècle to the start of the Second World War. He shows the strong influence of Buddhist thought and culture on Jewish writers and intellectuals, including Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Leo Baeck, Theodor Lessing, Jakob Wassermann, Walter Hasenclever and Lion Feuchtwanger. Musch demonstrates how these … Continue reading Musch, Sebastian. Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture: Between Moses and Buddha, 1890-1940 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
https://blackcentraleurope.com Online resources for teaching the history of the Black Diaspora in German-speaking Central Europe 1000-today, including many literary sources, with lesson plans, as well as an interactive map and links to contemporary activist groups.
This mystical text tells us that it relates the visions and experiences of Mechthild, a religious woman, dictated to a male amanuensis over several decades in the second half of the thirteenth century. The text is highly experimental, using different narrative voices and poetic elements, to detail intense physical and sexual encounters with God and … Continue reading Mechthild von Magdeburg, Das fließende Licht der Gottheit, ed. Gisela Vollmann-Profe