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Kolb, Martina, author
Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the azure spell of Liguria / Martina Kolb
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]
©2013
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN56.G48 K65 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Geography in literature
Subject Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Liguria
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Liguria
Benn, Gottfried, 1886-1956 -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Liguria
Subject(s) German literature -- Themes, motives
Subject Liguria (Italy) -- In literature
Subject(s) Geographical perception in literature
Displacement (Psychology) in literature
Subject Liguria (Italy) -- Intellectual life
Physical Description xii, 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-249) and index
Language Text in English with scattered German and Provençal
Note Includes some English translations from German and Provençal
Contents Preface : Ligurian geopoetics -- [Part] I. 'Twixt Halcyon and Marathon : azure spell and difficult beauty. Riviera existence -- On the Ligurian edge -- Luring onomastics -- [Part] II. Nietzsche, Freud, Benn : a Ligurian complex. Copious dawns, high noons, blessed isles : Nietzsche's Ligurianity -- Guilt trips on royal roads : Freud's Ligurian affinities -- Blind spots, alibis, sceneries : Benn's Ligurian complexes -- Postface : Liguria rediviva
Summary The Mediterranean region of Liguria, where the Maritime Alps sweep down to the coasts of northwest Italy and southeast France, the Riviera, marks the intersection of two of Europe's major cultural landscapes. Remote, liminal, compact, and steep, the terrain has influenced many international authors and artists. In this study, Martina Kolb traces Liguria's specific impact on the works of three seminal German-writing modernists - Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Gottfried Benn - whose encounters with Ligurian lands and seas led to an innovative geopoetic fusion of word and world
Kolb examines each of these authors' acquired affinities with Ligurian and Provençal landscapes and seascapes, revisiting and reassessing the long tradition of northern longing for a Mediterranean south. She also shows how Freud and Benn followed in the footsteps of Nietzsche in his most prolific years, a topic which has received little critical attention to date. Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria offers a fresh approach to these writers' groundbreaking literary achievements and profound interest in poetic expression as cathartic self-liberation."--Publisher's description
NOTE 534570
Series German and European studies

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