64. Jahrgang 2012, Heft 4

SCHNEIDER, ULRIKE: Positionierungen in der frühen Nachkriegsliteratur: Jean Améry und Alfred Andersch, pp. 313-337.
BUCH, ROBERT: Umbuchung. Säkularisierung als Schuld und als Hypothek bei Hans Blumenberg, pp. 338-358.
GREIERT, ANDREAS: Geschichte als Katastrophe. Zu einem theologisch-politischen Motiv bei Walter Benjamin,pp. 359-376.
SCHENK, TOBIAS: Friedrich der Große, der kaiserliche Reichshofrat und de Legende von der landesherrlichen Souveränität, pp. 377-391.

LÖFFLER, ANETTE: Ein neuer Textzeuge von „Abrahams uytgagh“ aus den Beständen des Duisburger Stadtarchivs, pp. 392-399.
WIEDEMANN, FELIX: Deutscher Orientalismus. Wissenschaft zwischen Romantik und Imperialismus, pp. 400-406.

Reinhard Feldmeier/Hermann Spiekermann: Der Gott der Lebendigen. Eine biblische Gotteslehre, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck 2011 (Friedrich W. Horn)
Armin Lange et al.: Judaism and Crises. Crises as Catalyst in Jewish Cultural History, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 2011 (Görge K. Hasselhoff)
Guilio Schiavoni/Guido Massino (Hrsg.): Versa una terra antica e nuova Culture del Sionismo (1895-1948), Rom: Carocci 2011 (Chiara Conterno)
Fischl Schneersohn: Grenadierstraße, Hg. v. Anne-Christin Saß, m. e. Nachw. v. Mikhail Krutikov, a. d. Jidd. v. Alina Bothe, Göttingen: Wallstein 2012 (Anna-Dorothea Ludewig)
Ingo Stöckmann: Naturalismus. Lehrbuch Germanistik , Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler 2011 (Patrick Küppers)

Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Heftes, p. 416.

Positionierungen in der frühen Nachkriegsliteratur: Jean Améry und Alfred Andersch.
The 100th birthday of Jean Améry would have been on October 31st 2012. In the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the most important and well-known journalists, authors and intellectuals in West-Germany. The 1960s were also the decade of the Gruppe 47 and its popular group meetings. Améry never participated in the group meetings, because he was never invited by Hans Werner Richter, the organizer of the group. However, there are some important connections between Améry and different members of the group. Comparing the concepts of literature of Améry and Anfred Andersch the following article focuses on questions of tradition, commitment, and cultural and political positions in the writing of both authors. The article will demonstrate that there are not only differences but also common positions in reference to the development of a new concept of literature after 1945.

Umbuchung. Säkularisierung als Schuld und als Hypothek bei Hans Blumenberg.
This essay revisits the controversial concept of secularization in the debate between Hans Blumenberg und Karl Löwith, situating their apparent disagreement against the foil of the former’s largely implicit critique of Rudolf Bultmann und Friedrich Gogarten. Rather than conceiving of the modern age as one indebted to and derived from its Christian legacy, Blumenberg inverts the logic of debt, inheritance, and origination at the core of contemporaneous attempts to delegitimize the modern age. On his account, it is not the Christian legacy that is to be credited with the advent of the modern age, while the latter is to be faulted for deviating from its origin; rather, the presumed inheritance is in fact an inadvertent burden and liability against which modernity had to assert itself. In this regard, Blumenberg’s position turns out to be much closer to Löwith’s than usually assumed, though significant differences still remain.

Geschichte als Katastrophe. Zu einem theologisch-politischem Motiv bei Walter Benjamin.
Walter Benjamin’s theological-political motif of „history as catastrophe“ is derived from a dialectical reading of secularization. Against the modern self-understanding as secular, Benjamin finally postulates a Fortleben (“afterlife”) of theological ways of interpretation. Reminding man of the infralapsarical state of history as human guilt, he criticizes a political situation in that the rule of man over man has yet become unquestionable normality.

Friedrich der Große, der kaiserliche Reichshofrat und die Legende von der landesherrlichen Souveränität.
Throughout the 16th-18th centuries the Imperial Aulic Council („Reichshofrat“) played a vital role within the governance of the Holy Roman Empire. The agency’s functions included that of a supreme court, as well as supervision of imperial feuds and political council to the emperor. Currently, the archival heritage of the Council fills roughly 1.300 metres in the stacks of the Austrian State Archives, Department of Family, Court and State Archives in Vienna. Since 2009, this unique scientific treasure is being indexed as part of a German-Austrian cooperative project conducted by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Austrian State Archives, and the University of Vienna. The project opens up new perspectives regarding the history of many regions of early modern Germany, and for Brandenburg-Prussia. In honor of the 300th birthday of Frederick the Great (1712-1786), this article will discuss that even this illustrious monarch was not only a sovereign majesty but at the same time a prince of the empire and vassal of the emperor.