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Words Chiseled into Marble

Artworks in the Prose Narratives of Conrad Ferdinand Meyer


Beth L. Mugge-Meiburg

This book provides fascinating insight into C. F. Meyer's inclusion of visual-spatial artworks in his narrative texts. It pinpoints what is most uniquely characteristic of Meyer's means of representing works of art, and offers fruitful comparisons with contemporaries such as Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book takes a fresh look at Meyer's «historical realism», and elucidates how his reconstructions of European history reflect his problematic «borderline» stance as a multilingual Swiss and a Protestant aesthete.
Contents: Meyer's means of representing artworks in verbal narratives are analyzed narratologically. His «art-historical realism», his stance as translator, and his ambivalence towards the cultic function of the arts are studied.