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).


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.

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    It seems to cover literature from all over the world. – Deve Aug 21 '13 at 17:07
  • you're perfectly right @Deve. I added another reference. – Takkat Aug 21 '13 at 18:20
  • thx i ll check it out before I mark your answer – Yves Aug 22 '13 at 14:09
  • @Yves: dont hesitate to write your own answer if you find a book that meets your needs better. – Takkat Aug 22 '13 at 14:22

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