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The German Gesellschaftsroman at the Turn of the Century

A Comparison of the Works of Theodor Fontane and Eduard von Keyserling


Richard A. Koc

This study compares the presentation of certain basic themes in the society novels of Fontane with the intensified portrayal of very similar themes in the works of Keyserling. It points to the ascendancy from Fontane to Keyserling, reflected in the more extreme expression and increased sharpness of social criticism as this genre enters the twentieth century.
Contents: The Picture of Society in Fontane's and Keyserling's Works - The Nervous Age - Boredom and Adultery - Loneliness, Isolation and the Problem of Egotism.