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Robertson, Ritchie

Works: 115 works in 472 publications in 3 languages and 19,081 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography  Short stories  Pictorial works  Handbooks and manuals  Novels  Sources 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, dgs, Interviewee, Creator, Commentator, Opponent, Contributor
Classifications: PT2621.A26, 833.912
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Most widely held works by Ritchie Robertson
The Cambridge companion to Thomas Mann by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Key dimensions of Thomas Mann's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays. The essays are supported by a chronology of the period and detailed guides to further reading
Kafka : Judaism, politics, and literature by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the literary and historical context of Kafka's writings, and links them with his emergent sense of Jewish identity. Emphasizes Kafka's concern with contemporary society his distrust of its secular ideals, and his desire for a new community based on religion
Cultures in conflict : encounters between European and non-European cultures, 1492-1800 by Urs Bitterli( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most histories of exploration are written from the viewpoint of the explorers. This book, now available in paperback, focuses instead on the cultural encounters between European explorers and non-European people, reconstructing the experiences of both sides. The result is a remarkable work of comparative cultural history, ranging from North America to the South Pacific and from the voyages of Columbus to those of Captain Cook. Bitterli distinguishes three basic forms of cultural encounter: superficial contact, as in the early relations between Europe and China; a prolonged relationship, like that between missionaries and the North American Indians; and collision, leading to the destruction of the weaker partner, as happened in the Spanish Conquest of the West Indies and of Mexico. In a series of case studies Bitterli examines these types of cultural encounter, drawing on a wide range of primary sources
Kafka : a very short introduction by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kafka's fiction vividly evokes bizarre situations: a commercial traveller is turned into an insect, a banker is arrested by a mysterious court, and a singing mouse becomes the heroine of her nation. Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed 'the death of God'. This up-to-date and accessible portrait of a fascinating author shows us ways to read and make sense of his perplexing and absorbing work."--Jacket
The 'Jewish question' in German literature, 1749-1939 : emancipation and its discontents by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robertson's new work will prove stimulating for anyone interested in the modern Jewish experience, as well as for scholars and students of German fiction, prose, and political culture."--Jacket
Heine by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is one of Germany's greatest writers. His agile mind and brilliant wit expressed themselves in lyrical and satirical poetry, travel writing, fiction, and essays on literature, art, politics, philosophy and history. He was a biting satirist, and a perceptive commentator on the world around him. One of his admirers, Friedrich Nietzsche, said of him:?he possessed that divine malice without which perfection, for me, is unimaginable.' Heine was conscious of living after two revolutions. The French Revolution had changed the world forever. Heine experienced its effects
A history of Austrian literature 1918-2000( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, ghetto fiction played an important part in the articulation of a particularly German-Jewish quest for identity. The volume presents some 15 articles by scholars from Scandinavia, Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland, and offers new analyses of ghetto writing by well-known authors such as Heinrich Heine and Joseph Roth, and completely new material on forgotten ghetto writers who deserve to be rediscovered. The articles cover various types of ghetto writing, ranging from ghetto fiction in the tradition of Leopold Kompert and Karl Emil Franzos to diaries, travelogues, autobiography, and even contemporary German hiphop and rap lyrics."--Jacket
Mock-epic poetry from Pope to Heine by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of mock-epic poetry in English, French, and German from the 1720s to the 1840s. While mock-heroic poetry is a parodistic counterpart to serious epic, mock-epic poetry starts by parodying epic but moves on to much wider and richer literary explorations; it relies heavily on intertextual allusion to other works, on narratorial irony, on the sympathetic and sometimes libertine presentation of sexual relatons, and on a range of satirical devices
The golden pot, and other tales by E. T. A Hoffmann( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection, while stressing the variety of his work, puts in the foreground those tales in which the real and the supernatural are brought into contact and conflict
The German-Jewish dialogue : an anthology of literary texts, 1749-1993( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology illustrates the history of Jews in Germany from the 18th century, when it was first proposed to give Jews civil rights, to the 1990s and the problems of living after the Holocaust. The texts include short stories, plays, and letters
The Habsburg legacy : national identity in historical perspective( Book )

13 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the break-up of the Soviet Union, nationalism and its effects are once more at the forefront of attention. However, to understand more fully what is happening now it is valuable to look back into the past and examine the construction and collapse of the multi-national Habsburg Empire." "After examining how the Holy Roman Empire became the Austrian Empire at the beginning of the nineteenth century, this collection of essays charts the subsequent growth of distinctive regional identities in Hungary, Galicia, Trieste and Croatia, before looking at the official attempts to define 'ethnic identity' and what harm resulted from their good intentions. Differing constructions of Austrian identity among Jewish novelists, women writers and art historians - besides the literary works of Hofmannsthal and Musil - are then analysed, as are the attempts to devise a new Austrian identity under the semi-fascist rule of the 1930s and the early years of the post-war Second Republic. Concluding with a general analysis contrasting the gradual integration of nations in present-day western Europe with the dissolution of multi-national states in the east, Austrian Studies 5 is both a challenging reappraisal of a fallen Empire and a timely reflection of an on-going question."--Jacket
The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the original text, unmodified by Freud's later additions, presents a new translation of his psychoanalytic study of the function, sources, nature, and characteristics of dreams
The castle by Franz Kafka( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafka's last novel, The Castle is set in a remote village covered almost permanently in snow and dominated by a castle and its staff of dictatorial, sexually predatory bureaucrats. The novel breaks new ground in exploring the relation between the individual and power, asking why the villagers so readily submit to an authority which may exist only in their collective imagination. Published only after Kafka's death, The Castle appeared in the same decade as modernist masterpieces by Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Proust, and is among the central works of modern literature. This new translation by prize-winning translator Anthea Bell follows the German text established by critical scholarship, and mentions manuscript variants in the notes. The detailed introduction by Ritchie Robertson, a leading Kafka scholar, explores the many meanings of this famously enigmatic novel, providing guidance without reducing the reader's freedom to make sense of this fascinating novel. In addition, the edition includes a Biographical Preface which places Kafka within the context of his time, plus an up-to-date bibliography and chronology of Kafka's life. - Publisher
Kafka by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From a man who metamorphoses into an insect to a banker arrested on unspecified charges by a mysterious court, Franz Kafka’s fiction vividly evokes bizarre, almost surrealistic situations. Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion."--Publisher's description
The Austrian Enlightenment and its aftermath by Ritchie Robertson( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theodor Herzl and the origins of Zionism( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender and politics in Austrian fiction( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of essays on Austrian fiction, compiled at a time when Austria is forming stronger links within the European Union, illustrates a transition from traditional preoccupations with character differences between Austrian and German literature to wider concerns of politics and gender. Fictional treatments of such issues as male homosexuality, problems in feminism, the representation of women in male-authored texts and anti-war protest are examined both in well-known novels and in little-known works by underrated authors. Many of the authors discussed have received insufficient recognition because they do not fall within a familiar canon of German literature. The specialised research involved in compiling this material is accessible through a series of book reviews included at the end of the volume which range in subject area from the life of an eighteenth-century soldier in the Habsburg service to the continuing discussion on Austrian identity
The round dance, and other plays by Arthur Schnitzler( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a unique collection of seven of Schnitzler's best known plays in a new English translation. They explore love, sexuality, and death in various guises, against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century Viennese decadence. The introduction explores the plays in relation to Schnitzler's life, to the culture of late twentieth-century Vienna, and to Modernism in general. - ;Flirtations * Round Dance * The Green Cockatoo * The Last Masks * Countess Mizzi * The Vast Domain * Professor Bernhardi. The playwright Arthur Schnitzler is best known as the chronicler of fin de si--egrave--;cle Viennese dec
Franz Kafka : pictures of a life by Klaus Wagenbach( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Kafka's writing, Albert Camus tells us, we travel "to the limits of human thought." And in this book, the world's leading Kafka authority conducts us to the deepest reaches of Kafka's own troubled psyche, to reveal the inner workings of the man who gave his name to a central facet of modern experience, the Kafkaesque. Klaus Wagenbach, who wrote the first major critical biography of Kafka, draws upon a wealth of new and recent information to produce a concise but finely nuanced portrait of the author, an ideal introduction to this quintessential figure of modernity." "With extensive reference to Kafka's extraordinary letters and diaries, Wagenbach shows us the author of Metamorphosis and The Trial perpetually caught between the irresistible attractions of the world and his ruthless desire for solitude and isolation. It was this tension, Wagenbach tells us, that gave Kafka's writing its uncanny quality and that haunted his intense, unresolved relationships with women. And it was in this tension that both his misery and mastery inhered, making his one of the most painfully powerful voices of the experience of the twentieth century."--Jacket
The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into some kind of monstrous vermin. With a bewildering blend of the everyday and the fantastical, Kafka thus begins his most famous short story, The Metamorphosis. A commercial traveller is unexpectedly freed from his dreary job by his inexplicable transformation into an insect, which drastically alters his relationship with his family. Kafka considered publishing it with two of the stories included here in a volume to be called Punishments. The Judgement also concerns family tensions, when a power struggle between father and son ends with the father passing an enigmatic judgement on the helpless son. The third story, In the Penal Colony, explores questions of power, justice, punishment, and the meaning of pain in a colonial setting. These three stories are flanked by two very different works. Meditation, the first book Kafka published, consists of light, whimsical, often poignant mood-pictures, while in the autobiographical Letter to his Father, Kafka analyses his difficult relationship in forensic and devastating detail
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The Cambridge companion to Thomas Mann
Alternative Names
Ritchie Robertson Editor, Taylor Professor of German at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of The Queen's College

Robertson, R. 1952-

Robertsons, Ričijs

ロバートソン, リッチー

English (219)

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Kafka : Judaism, politics, and literatureCultures in conflict : encounters between European and non-European cultures, 1492-1800Kafka : a very short introductionThe 'Jewish question' in German literature, 1749-1939 : emancipation and its discontentsHeineA history of Austrian literature 1918-2000Mock-epic poetry from Pope to HeineThe golden pot, and other tales