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Difference and Orientation: An Alexander Kluge Reader

Alexander Kluge and Richard Langston


This book's author is one of contemporary Germany's leading intellectuals and artists. A key architect of the New German Cinema and a pioneer of auteur television programming, who has also written books and articles, and continues to make films. However, his reputation outside of the German-speaking world still largely rests on his films of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This book assembles thirty of the author's essays, speeches, glossaries, and interviews, revolving around the capacity for differentiation and the need for orientation toward ways out of catastrophic modernity. The volume brings ... More

Keywords: Germany, intellectual, artist, New German Cinema, auteur television, differentiation, modernity, unorthodox thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739200
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Kluge, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Richard Langston, editor

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Part I Introduction

The Guardian of Difference

Richard Langston

Part II Literature

1 The Difference

Alexander Kluge

3 The Peacemaker

Alexander Kluge

4 Companions in Now-Time

Alexander Kluge

6 Theory of Storytelling

Alexander Kluge

7 What Is a Metaphor?

Alexander Kluge

Part III Film

8 Word and Film

Edgar Reitz, Alexander Kluge, and Wilfried Reinke

9 Bits of Conversation

Alexander Kluge

11 Film

Alexander Kluge

13 No Farewell to Yesterday

Alexander Kluge

Part IV From Classical to New Media: Opera, Television, Internet

17 The Opera Machine

Alexander Kluge

18 Primitive Diversity

Alexander Kluge

Part V Theory

20 The Role of Fantasy

Alexander Kluge

23 War

Alexander Kluge

26 The Actuality of Adorno

Alexander Kluge

27 Inventory of a Century

Alexander Kluge

End Matter