I´m looking for a book on German Literature, describing its history the differents phases and currents, something rather exhaustive and "umfangreich". Is there a classic textbook ? (like for example the 6-volume Lagarde & Michard for the French literature, or a bit like "Der Ewige Brunnen" for German poetry).
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The "standard" textbook on German literature is the Kindlers Literatur Lexikon.
This exhaustive encyclopedia comes in 18 volumes and will cover everything.
For covering German literature only there is a much leaner textbook "Deutsche Literaturgeschichte" which in the only recently published 8th edition is quite up to date.