Choose Not These Vices

Choose Not These Vices : Social Reality in the German Novel 1618-1848

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From the late seventeenth century into the eighteenth, critics and authors in Germany defended the novel: indeed it depicted vice and immorality, but only with the intention of exhorting the reader to avoid such dangers to the soul. This book examines outstanding novels of life from the Thirty Years' War to the Vormärz, mostly written with this real or apparent moral aim, and evaluates them as documents of social history. The author finds that concepts of truth and plausibility are different in the early modern period. Initial and closing chapters deal with French novels, showing how approaches to society differ across national cultures.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 150 x 220 x 12.7mm | 350g
  • Pieterlen, Switzerland
  • English
  • New edition
  • Neuausg.
  • 3039103121
  • 9783039103126

Table of contents

Contents: Social history, everyday history and history of mentalities, exemplified in German and French novels, seventeenth to nineteenth centuries: Sorel, Grimmelshausen, Christian Reuter, Der Sächsische Robinson , Schnabel, Gellert, La Roche, Nicolai, Goethe, Jean Paul, Tieck, Gotthelf, Keller, Balzac - Distinguishing historical evidence from fantasy.
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About Alfred D. White

The Author: Professor Alfred D. White, M.A., DPhil (Oxon) has lectured in German at Cardiff University since 1966 and is Director of Studies in German there. His previous publications include The One-Eyed Man: Social Reality in the German Novel 1848-1968, in this series, as well as books on Frisch, Brecht and Storm, and articles on expressionist literature and modernism.
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