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Velardi, Carol Hawkes

Techniques of Compression and Prefiguration in the Beginnings of Theodor Fontane's Novels

Series: German Studies in America - Volume 65

Year of Publication: 1992

Bern, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, 1992. 202 pp.
ISBN 978-3-906750-10-1 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

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Book synopsis

Theodor Fontane repeatedly cited the beginning as key to a novel's construction and development, as exemplified in a letter to his publisher in 1880: «Beim richtigen Aufbau muß in der ersten Seite der Keim des Ganzen stecken». Through close reading and analysis of the beginnings of five Fontane «Gesellschaftsromane», this work focuses on Fontane's varied techniques of compression and prefiguration and traces their developing refinement throughout his career as novelist and social critic.

Contents

Contents: Works analyzed include L'Adultera, Graf Petöfy, Unwiederbringlich, Effi Briest, and Die Poggenpuhls.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Carol Hawkes Velardi received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University in Humanities and Comparative Literature in 1979 and 1981. Following a Fulbright grant for study in Tübingen, she completed a double Ph.D. in German Studies and Humanities at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1991. She currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Series

Germanic Studies in America. Vol. 65
Edited by Katharina Mommsen, Stanford, California