The Cambridge companion to the modern German novel

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Bartram, Graham, 1946-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Beginning with a preface explaining how to use the book and a detailed chronology, this excellent introduction to the German novel from the late 19th century to postmodernism comprises 18 chapters on a wide range of subjects. The first two chapters offer a literary and contextual overview of the subject; the remaining chapters are chronological, with emphasis on specific important subjects, e.g., the city (chapter 8), women (chapters 9 and 17), and specific countries (like Austria, chapter 7). In a few instances, a chapter treats one author, for example Kafka (chapter 5), or one work, Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain (chapter 6). Although all of these essays are fine, the most original essay is Dagmar Barnouw's "History, Memory, Fiction after the Second World War." Also especially interesting are Patricia Herminghouse's article on the critical novel in the GDR and Allyson Fiddler's comments about women's writing in the 1970s and 1980s. From beginning to end, the book provides excellent analysis, strong comparative insights, and reliable, intriguing arguments for further study. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers. E. Wickersham Villanova University

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