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A Companion to Werner Herzog


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Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xiv Werner Herzog?s Companions: The Consolation of Images 1 Brad Prager Part I Critical Approaches and Contexts 33 1 Herzog and Auteurism: Performing Authenticity 35 Brigitte Peucker 2 Physicality, Difference, and the Challenge of Representation: Werner Herzog in the Light of the New Waves 58 Lucia Nagib 3 The Pedestrian Ecstasies of Werner Herzog: On Experience, Intelligence, and the Essayistic 80 Timothy Corrigan Part II Herzog and the Inter-arts 99 4 Werner Herzog?s View of Delft: Or, Nosferatu and the Still Life 101 Kenneth S. Calhoon 5 Moving Stills: Herzog and Photography 127 Stefanie Harris 6 Archetypes of Emotion: Werner Herzog and Opera 149 Lutz Koepnick 7 Coming to Our Senses: The Viewer and Herzog?s Sonic Worlds 168 Roger Hillman 8 Death for Five Voices : Gesualdo?s ?Poetic Truth? 187 Holly Rogers 9 Demythologization and Convergence: Herzog?s Late Genre Pictures and the Rogue Cop Film in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call?New Orleans 208 Jaimey Fisher Part III Herzog?s German Encounters 231 10 ?I don?t like the Germans?: Even Herzog Started in Bavaria 233 Chris Wahl 11 Herzog?s Heart of Glass and the Sublime of Raw Materials 256 Noah Heringman 12 The Ironic Ecstasy of Werner Herzog: Embodied Vision in The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 281 Roger F. Cook 13 Tantrum Love: The Fiendship of Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog 301 Lance Duerfahrd Part IV Herzog?s Far-Flung Cinema Africa, Australia, the Americas, and Beyond 327 14 Werner Herzog?s African Sublime 329 Erica Carter 15 Didgeridoo, or the Search for the Origin of the Self: Werner Herzog?s Where the Green Ants Dream and Bruce Chatwin?s The Songlines 356 Manuel Koeppen 16 A March into Nothingness: The Changing Course of Herzog?s Indian Images 371 Will Lehman 17 The Case of Herzog: Re-Opened 393 Eric Ames 18 The Veil Between: Werner Herzog?s American TV Documentaries 416 John E. Davidson 19 Herzog?s Chickenshit 445 Rembert Huser 20 Encountering Werner Herzog at the End of the World 466 Reinhild Steingroever Part V Toward the Limits of Experience Philosophical Approaches 485 21 Perceiving the Other in the Land of Silence and Darkness 487 Randall Halle 22 Werner Herzog?s Romantic Spaces 510 Laurie Johnson 23 The Melancholy Observer: Landscape, Neo-Romanticism, and the Politics of Documentary Filmmaking 528 Matthew Gandy 24 Portrait of the Chimpanzee as a Metaphysician: Parody and Dehumanization in Echoes from a Somber Empire 547 Guido Vitiello 25 Herzog and Human Destiny: The Philosophical Purposiveness of the Filmmaker 566 Alan Singer Filmography 587 Compiled by Chris Wahl Index 611

About the Author

Brad Prager is Associate Professor of German and an active member of the Program in Film Studies at the University of Missouri. He has authored two monographs: Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images (2007) and The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth (2007). His articles have appeared in New German Critique, Studies in Documentary Film, Art History, and in the Modern Language Review. Most recently he has co-edited the collections The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (2010) and Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).


?Brad Prager has collected together a world class and diverse group of scholars to map out with great lucidity the complex interconnectivity of Herzog?s equally diverse oeuvre.? - Paul Cooke, University of Leeds ?Werner Herzog towers as one of world cinema?s most engaging, energetic, and enigmatic directors. A Companion to Werner Herzog charts the career of an extraordinary artist whose only predictable feature remains his unpredictability.? - Gerd Gemunden, Dartmouth College ?Contrary to his self-presentation, Werner Herzog is a filmmaker profoundly influenced by the history of film, art, and literature and an integral part of the spatial imaginaries and aesthetic sensibilities of the postwar period. It is the main achievement of this anthology expertly put together by Brad Prager to highlight these connections with rich and insightful articles on Herzog and painting, photography, opera, geography, documentary, and the essay film. And at last, we understand the strange power exerted by the chicken in Stroszek?? - Sabine Hake, The University of Texas at Austin

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