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The Political Psychology of the White Collar Worker in Martin Walser's Novels

The impact of work ideology on the reception of Martin Walser's novels 1957-1978

Franz Oswald

This study evaluates the reception of Martin Walser's novels by critics and reviewers between 1957 and 1978 in West Germany, East Germany, Britain and the USA. It demonstrates the connection between the aesthetic responses and the political positions of the critics. The novel Jenseits der Liebe is identified as both a turning point in Walser's development and as a case of inconsistent reception by critics. Walser's treatment of the political psychology of the salaried employee with its deep loyalty conflicts disturbed the critics more profoundly than the identity problems of his earlier and later heroes.
Contents: Reception of Martin Walser's novels 1957-1978 - Political and aesthetic values of critics and reviewers - Interpretation of Jenseits der Liebe.