Poetic Fragments

By Karoline von Günderrode
Translated by Anna C. Ezekiel
Introduction by Anna C. Ezekiel

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Poetry, German Studies, Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438461984, 356 pages, July 2017
Hardcover : 9781438461977, 356 pages, November 2016

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Table of contents

A Note on the Translation

Introduction: The Work of Karoline von Günderrode

1. Hildgund

2. “Piedro,” “The Pilgrims,” and “The Kiss in the Dream”

3. Muhammad, the Prophet of Mecca


Bilingual English-German edition of second collection published by the German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806).


The second collection of writings by the German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806), Poetic Fragments was published in 1805 under the pseudonym "Tian. " Günderrode's work is an unmined source of insight into German Romanticism and Idealism, as well as into the reception of Indian, Persian, and Islamic thought in Europe. Anna C. Ezekiel's introductions highlight the philosophical significance of the texts, demonstrating their radical and original consideration of the nature of the universe, death, religion, power, and gender roles. The dramas "Hildgund" and "Muhammad, the Prophet of Mecca" are two of Günderrode's most important works for her accounts of agency, recognition, and the status of women. The three poems included in the collection, "Piedro," "The Pilgrims," and "The Kiss in the Dream," represent the wide range of forms in which Günderrode wrote. They reflect themes of erotic longing and union with the divine, and point to her radical reimagining of death. This bilingual English-German edition is the first volume of Günderrode's work to appear in English, and will help unearth this rich, complex, and innovative writer for English readers.

Anna C. Ezekiel is an independent scholar living in Singapore.