Eight German Novellas

Eight German Novellas

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The boundaries between truth and deception are nowhere more actively at issue than in the novella genre - in Goethe's famous formulation, the exponent of `an unheard-of event which has occurred'. The tales collected here confuse the parameters of the real and the fantastic through their depiction of the pathological, the paranormal, the eccentric and the criminal. Influenced by Boccaccio and Cervantes, the Novelle had established itself alongside lyric poetry and drama by the end of the eighteenth century as a key literary genre in the German tradition. This selection can be read as a digest of narrative styles and themes throughout the period from Romanticism to Naturalism: from Storm's use of the language of nineteenth-century psychiatry in The White Horse Rider , the insane subject of B "uchner's Lenz and grotesque horror of Stifter's Tourmaline - to the the moral ambiguity and uncertain framework of knowledge in The Jew's Beech , Von Kleist's paradoxical The Marchioness of O...and the satirical social expos 'e of Keller's Clothes Make the Man .
All eight tales have been newly translated for this edition, and the introduction explores and analyses the the narrative devices of the individual stories. These Novellen by leading German writers of the nineteenth century are classics of their genre. This book is intended for undergraduate courses in German literature, or nineteenth-century European literature.
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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 114.3 x 182.88 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1 map
  • 0192832182
  • 9780192832184

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Contains: Ludwig Tieck: Blond Eckbert; Heinrich von Kleist: The Marchioness of O...; Georg Buchner: Lenz; Annette von Droste-Hulshoff: The Jew's Beech; Adalbert Stifter: Tourmaline; Eduard Morike: Mozart on the Way to Prague; Gottfried Keller: Clothes Make the Man; Theodor Storm: The White Horse Rider.
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