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Hutchinson, Peter (ed.)

Landmarks in German Short Prose

Series: Britische und Irische Studien zur deutschen Sprache und Literatur / British and Irish Studies in German Language and Literature - Volume 33

Year of Publication: 2003

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2003. 208 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-003-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.330 kg, 0.728 lbs

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Book synopsis

The twelve essays in this volume deal with major achievements in German short prose published between 1810 and 1978. Most of the texts studied are Novellen, and there is a concentration on the first half of the nineteenth century, the period in which this form flourished in Germany. The works covered range from Goethe’s Novelle, a title straining for exemplary status, to Walser’s Ein fliehendes Pferd, the best example of Novelle form in the late twentieth century, as important for its social and psychological commentary as for its subtle characterisation and skilful arrangement of motifs, features in which the Novelle has tended to excel. The earliest landmark is seen as Kleist’s strange ‘chronicle’ Michael Kohlhaas, which showed German writers a completely new way of telling a story, and this is followed by essays on works which all attempted something new in the history of short fiction. Authors dealt with include Eichendorff, Heine, Büchner, Grillparzer, Droste-Hülshoff, Keller, Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, and Kafka. These essays, all by specialists in the relevant field, were originally delivered as lectures in the University of Cambridge.


Contents: Nicholas Boyle: Goethe, Novelle – Charlotte Woodford: Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas – Ritchie Robertson: Eichendorff, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts – Anita Bunyan: Heine, Die Harzreise – Erika Swales: Büchner, Lenz – Michael Minden: Grillparzer, Der arme Spielmann – John Guthrie: Droste-Hülshoff, Die Judenbuche – Nicholas Saul: Keller, Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe – Mary Stewart: Hauptmann, Bahnwärter Thiel – Peter Hutchinson: Mann, Der Tod in Venedig – Andrew Webber: Kafka, Die Verwandlung – David Midgley: Walser, Ein fliehendes Pferd.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Peter Hutchinson is Reader in German in the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Modern Languages at Trinity Hall. He has published widely on German literature and has edited a number of texts and collections of essays.


British and Irish Studies in German Language and Literature. Vol. 33
General Editors: H.S. Reiss and W.E. Yates.