Fontane in the Twenty-First Century [Hardback]

John B. Lyon(Editor); Brian Tucker(Editor)

ISBN: 9781640140097 | Published by: Camden House | Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture | Volume: Volume 201 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 266p, H9 x W6, 15 black and white
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Fontane in the Twenty-First Century


Theodor Fontane remains a canonical figure in German literature, the most important representative of poetic realism, and likely the best German-language novelist between Goethe and Mann, yet scholarly attention to his works often lags behind his stature, at least in the English-speaking academy. This volume, coinciding with Fontane's 200th birthday in 2019, assesses the relevance of his works for us today and also draws attention to the most current English-language research.
Much has changed in the last two decades in critical theory, and the volume highlights how new methodological approaches and new archival research can update our understanding of Fontane's works. Although his novels are famously rooted in the details of quotidian life in nineteenth-century Germany, they also reflect larger historical transformations that resonate with our world today (e.g., financial crisis, class conflict, changing gender roles, and migration) and so speak to contemporary critical interests. The volume's contributors draw on literary and cultural studies approaches including gender and sexuality studies, emotion studies, transnationalism and globalization, media and visual studies, rhetorical criticism, paratextual criticism, and digital humanities. Their contributions survey a wide range of Fontane's literary production in order to speak to both German and non-German audiences in the twenty-first century.

Contributors: James N. Bade, Russell A. Berman, Katharina Adeline Engler-Coldren, Todd Kontje, John B. Lyon, Ervin Malakaj, Nicolas von Passavant, Lynne Tatlock, Christian Thomas, Brian Tucker, Michael J. White, Holly A. Yanacek.

John B. Lyon is Professor of German at the University of Pittsburgh. Brian Tucker is Associate Professor of German at Wabash College.

Table of Contents

Note on Editions
Introduction: Fontane in the Twenty-First Century - John B. Lyon and Brian Tucker
Narrative Digression and the Transformation of Nationhood in
Vor dem Sturm - Russell A. Berman
Nasty Women: Female Anger as Moral Judgment in
Grete Minde and Effi Briest - Holly A. Yanacek
Peforming the Philistine: Gossip as a Narrative Device and a Strategy for Reflection on Anti-Semitism in Theodor Fontane's
L'Adultera - Nicolas von Passavant
To Have an Eye: Visual Culture and the Misapprehension of Class in
Irrungen, Wirrungen - Brian Tucker
Fontane as a Pacifist? The Anti-War Message in
Quitt and Fontane's Changing Attitude to Militarism - James N. Bade
Disjunctive Transnationalisms in Fontane's
Frau Jenny Treibel - John B. Lyon
On the "Right Measure" in
Effi Briest: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Prosaic - Katharina Adeline Engler-Coldren
Transfiguration, Effect, and Engagement: Theodor Fontane's Aesthetic Thought - Michael J. White
Fontane and World Literature: Prussians, Jews, and the Specter of Africa in
Die Poggenpuhls - Todd Kontje
Von Zwanzig bis Dreissig: The Male Author in Parts - Lynne Tatlock
Melusine von Barby's Barriers and Connections in Fontane's
Der Stechlin - Christian Thomas
Senescence and Fontane's
Der Stechlin - Ervin Malakaj
Notes on the Contributors

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