Andrew McCann is a Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. His most recent books are Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Christos Tsiolkas and the Fiction of Critique: Politics, Obscenity, Celebrity (Anthem Press, 2015).
Kinski Speaks Villon: Literary Media and the Poète Maudit, 1952–1962
In the late 1950s, well before his association with Werner Herzog had made him the most internationally recognizable German screen actor of his generation, Klaus Kinski was a phenomenon. Between 1957 and 1962, his concert-style recitations and studio recordings of work by François Villon, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Gerhart Hauptmann, Bertolt Brecht, and a range of other canonical figures, held out the possibility that literature—a literature associated with sexual and political transgression, moreover—might find its place in a commercially driven culture industry.