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Between National Fantasies and Regional Realities

The Paradox of Identity in Nineteenth-Century German Literature


Arne Koch

Contents: A Case for Minority Literature – Berthold Auerbach: The Consciousness of the Nation – Theodor Storm’s Topographies of Sameness and Difference – Metahistorical Scorn or Provincial Limitations? – Wilhelm Raabe’s Loquacious Chronicler and the Great Goose Rebellion – Theodor Fontane’s Preußische Idee(n) – The Worlds of Lake Stechlin – Fritz Reuter’s Prison Time: Alternative Identities and Linguistic Mediation – Gottfried Keller: Resisting the Fiction of Switzerland – Performing National Dreams in Der grüne Heinrich – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach’s Dictates of Austrianness – The End of the Dorfgeschichte – Region, Nation, Europe, the World.