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Author Kolb, Martina, author

Title Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the azure spell of Liguria / Martina Kolb
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (gxii, 264 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series German and European studies ; 16
German and European studies.
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."--Pub. desc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-249) and index
Notes Includes some text in German and Provençal, followed by the English translations
Print version record
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
Benn, Gottfried, 1886-1956. fast (OCoLC)fst00046470
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939. fast (OCoLC)fst00034252
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900. fast (OCoLC)fst00031611
Subject German literature -- Themes, motives
Geography in literature.
Geographical perception in literature.
Displacement (Psychology) in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- German.
Displacement (Psychology) in literature.
Geographical perception in literature.
Geography in literature.
German literature -- Themes, motives.
Intellectual life.
SUBJECT Liguria (Italy) -- In literature
Liguria (Italy) -- Intellectual life
Subject Italy -- Liguria.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781442695825