Oswald Spengler

by Annie Pfeifer Spengler’s Context and Milieu Oswald Spengler, the German historian and author of the seminal, two-volume work, Decline of the West or Der Untergang des Abendlandes, was born in 1880 to a conservative, petit bourgeois German family. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1904, after having initially failed his doctoral thesis on Heraclitus… Continue Reading Oswald Spengler

Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield’s Modernist Aesthetic by Annie Pfeifer A Colonial Childhood Katherine Mansfield’s experiences growing up in colonial New Zealand heightened her awareness of the discontinuities, lacunae, and tensions of modern life. She was born in 1888 in Wellington, a town labeled “the empire city” by its white inhabitants, who modeled themselves on British life and… Continue Reading Katherine Mansfield