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Kurt Kusenberg

Humorist of the Fantastic


Jean Pearson

This pioneering study of the life and stories of one of Germany's foremost literary humorists establishes Kurt Kusenberg as an important author in the tradition of the fantastic. Pearson's structural and thematic analyses of the stories follow their trail through the worldviews of surrealism, the fairy tale, and the grotesque, and explore their fantastic elements. Investigating the history and reception of nonsense literature, Pearson shows how Kusenberg's use of nonsense and the fantastic facilitates a psychological probing of the «underside» of the human mind. An insightful and comprehensive introduction to a comic writer of high originality, Kurt Kusenberg: Humorist of the Fantastic fills a major gap in the study of modern German fiction.
Contents: A structural and thematic analysis of Kurt Kusenberg's short stories which establishes his genre as the fantastic. Includes a discussion of nonsense literature, surrealism, the fairy tale and the grotesque.
Undergraduate and graduate academic level.
This is to date the only full-length study in English or German of Kusenberg and his stories.