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Readers and Their Fictions in the Novels and Novellas of Gottfried Keller

By: Hart, Gail K.

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Part of the University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature series
1469656760 / 9781469656762
Paperback / softback
Published 30/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 160 pages
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This study seeks to alter our understanding of Keller's realism by problematizing the act of reading within fiction.

The story of reading in Keller's fiction is a self-conscious meditation on the schism between life and its literary representation--and it emphasizes the incapacity of that representation to actually and substantially influence the life it is based on.

This has consequences for the didactic writer. The act of reading here generally involves a collision between fiction and its other and a move (or tragic failure to move) toward an acceptance and affirmation of the non-correspondence between life and literature, a process that renders moral didacticism a quixotic project.

This position runs counter to the prevailing view of Keller as a consciously didactic author who tried to create a credible copy of reality in order to revise and repair the real world by inspiring readers to make the depicted improvements in their nonfictional universe.


DSB Literary studies: general, DSRC Literary companions, book reviews & guides, FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), HP Philosophy

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