Georg: A Selected Bibliography

October 22nd, 2017

Carl Skoggard was trained as a musicologist and for many years served as an editor for the music bibliography Repértoire International de la Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York, where he was responsible for German materials. His translation of Ein Jahr in Arkadien, an 1805 gay fiction by Duke August of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg, appeared in 1999 as Year in Arcadia. More recently he was also the staff writer for Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, an award-winning magazine created by his partner Joseph Holtzman. Skoggard’s latest project, is a translation of Siegfried Kracauer’s Weimar novel Georg. He will discuss Georg with Rob Ryder on Tuesday 11/7, 6:00pm at the Co-op.

“The Curious Realist: On Siegfried Kracauer,” by Theodor W. Adorno - Invaluable reminiscences by the life-long friend. Adorno’s remarks date from the early 1960s. The teen-aged Adorno was mentored by Kracauer in philosophy.


From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film by Siegfried Kracauer - Kracauer’s best-known book of film criticism, dealing with German cinema and culture of the period explored in his two novels. His concerns in the former are implicit (occasionally explicit) in the novels.


MARBACHER MAGAZIN  47/1988 - An excellent annotated chronology of Kracauer’s life and career, drawing on his literary estate. With many photographs of Kracauer and his family and friends as well as facsimiles, and excerpted letters, texts of reviews, etc. Documents Kracauer’s work on his novel Georg and also its contemporary reception.


“Style and Medium in the Motion Pictures.” In Panofsky, Three Essays on Style, ed. Irving Lavin, by Erwin Panofsky - Demonstrates an appreciation for the anarchic potential of the young, popularly-grounded cinematic medium which met with Siegfried Kracauer’s enthusiastic approval. Both of Kracauer’s novels confront the rigidities of the social order and the various possibilities for subverting it.


The Curious Humanist: Siegfried Kracauer in America, by Johannes Von Moltke - An intellectual biography of Kracauer (1889-1966), with special attention to his American years. Stresses the continuity in his thought, from Weimar in the 1920s via France (1933-41) to New York in the 1940s-60s, as well as the special importance of the third and final phase as a culmination. Many of the concepts and notions and images found in Kracauer’s film criticism (as discussed by von Moltke) are paralleled (in some cases even adumbrated) in his two novels (Ginster, 1925-28; Georg, 1928-34).


“Teddie und Friedel: Theodore W. Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, and the Erotics of Friendship.” by Johannes Von Moltke - The eroticism percolating through the first years of their friendship has a counterpart in Kracauer’s novels. In each, the protagonist enters into a charged friendship with a younger man. The theme receives more elaborate treatment in Georg, where the 15-year age-difference between “Georg” and “Fred” mirrors the age-difference between Kracauer and the young Adorno.


About Georg: Best remembered today for his exploration of early German cinema (From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological Study of the German Film), Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was the editor for cultural affairs at Germany’s leading liberal newspaper during the Weimar Republic until its disastrous end. His Georg is a panorama of those years as seen through the eyes of a rookie reporter working for the fictional Morgenbote (Morning Herald). In a defeated nation seething with extremism right and left, young Georg is looking for something to believe in. For him, the past has become unusable; for nearly everyone he meets, paradise seems just around the corner. But which paradise? Kracauer’s grimly funny novel takes on a confused and dangerous time which can remind us of our own. The style is briskly cinematic.

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