Vol. 6 | The Modern Challenge to Tradition | Editorial Introduction


We wish to thank the Hamburger Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Kultur, which supported our work with a generous grant. Vanderbilt University then made possible our further work. We would like to extend a particular thanks to Lauren Benton, through 2017 Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos. We would also like to thank Peter André Alt, the former President, and Peter Lange, the former chancellor of the Free University in Berlin for their support.

The Modern Challenge to Tradition was produced in close collaboration with Stefan Schmunk and Johannes Biermann (Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen) and also with Brigitte Grote, Sabine Söring und Lena-Luise Stahn (CeDiS, Freie Universität Berlin). We would like to thank the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek in Göttingen, and the Free University, each of whom have supported the edition by underwriting since summer 2017 a half-time research assistant.

We are grateful to Jerry Kohn (Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust), who from the start has effectively supported us and done much to smooth our path toward the necessary contracts for a digital and print edition of Arendt’s works. We would also like to thank Valerie Borchardt and the Literary agency Georges Borchardt Inc.

Thanks to Dr. James Hutson, Dr. Barbara Bair and Jeffrey Flannery, of the manuscript department of the Library of Congress, who proved so welcoming and helpful during our visits in Washington, D. C.

Helene Tieger and Jeff Katz, together with their team at Bard College Library prepared scans of the books that Arendt used while producing these texts, and that were indispensable for our work. We are most grateful to them. Heidrun Fink, of the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach, responded to our queries most expeditiously and thoroughly.

For much valuable information we would like to thank Robin Carlaw, Harvard University Archives; Janet Bunde and Andrew Lee, New York University Archives, and Carmen Hendershott, New School Archives.

For assistance in the area of copyright, we are grateful to Michael Brenes, Yale University Library; Timothy Driscoll, Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library; Barbara Günther, Archiv der deutschen Frauenbewegung; Jacky Hodgson, University of Sheffield Library; Bruce Kirby, Library of Congress; Anna Muenchrath und Joelle Tybon, The University of Wisconsin Press; Nicole Westerdahl, Syracuse University Libraries; Dorothee Wierling, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg.

The TEI-transcriptions of the many typescripts were aided by Janis Augsburger, Conny Wobst and in particular, Johanna Egger. Johanna Westphal, Xenia Hell, and Joscha Jelitzki helped us with shorter texts. Christian Wollin has earned our gratitude for his tireless pursuit of bibliographic references, Nadine Arndt for correcting the TEI-transcriptions and Gesa Frömming for her help with the proofreading. Hanno Berger provided a second proofreading, and assembled the bibliographic references, the subject index and the bibliography.

In November 2017, we presented the volume at an international conference at Vanderbilt University. We would like to thank all the participants for their critical and productive remarks and commentary.

The editors together with Gesa Frömming and Ingo Kieslich enjoyed a very productive year as fellows of the “Kolleg-Forschergruppe” Cinepoetics. Zur Poetik audiovisueller Bilder at the Free University, Berlin, where we finished this book.

Barbara Hahn, James McFarland