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E. T. A. Hoffmanns Marchenschaffen : Kaleidoskop Der Verfremdung in Seinen Sieben Marchen

By: Vitt-Maucher, Gisela

Part of the University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature series
1469658569 / 9781469658568
Paperback / softback
833.6
30/05/2020
Published 30/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 248 pages, 10 halftones, 2 figs
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This book provides a critical study of all seven of Hoffmann's Kunstmarchen.

Vitt-Maucher's detailed individual analyses focus on Hoffmann's use of structural, stylistic, and linguistic devices to create poetic deviations from the norms of reality.

These deviations are diverse: distortions of language and time; altered dimensions of reality, persons, and objects; transformations and reversals of 'normal' conditions or conventions.

They underlie Hoffmann's often humorous or grotesque world of fairy tale "magic" and convey to the reader the poet's intent. In the course of his fairy tale production (1814-1821), Hoffmann's use of language, imagery, and structure becomes increasingly distorted and alienated from everyday reality.

Similarly, his employment of humor develops from early sociocritical, ironic, and parodistic intent to more autonomous and clearly less referential forms of 'absolute humor.'

BIC:

2ACG German, DSBF Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900

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