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Author Kolkenbrock, Marie, author

Title Stereotype and destiny in Arthur Schnitzler's prose : five psycho-sociological readings / Marie Kolkenbrock
Published New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series New Directions in German Studies
Contents Introduction -- Stereotypes and physiognomy in der weg ins freie (road into the open) -- Madness and investiture in flucht in die finsternis (flight into darkness) -- Race and destiny in die weissagung (the prophecy) and andreas thameyers letzter brief (andreas thameyer's last letter) -- Love as destiny and cliché in die fremde (the stranger), das schicksal des freiherrn von leisenbohg (baron leisenbohg's destiny) and das neue lied (the new song) -- Dream, destiny and infectious alterity in traumnovelle (dream story) -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "What was the function of the invocation of destiny in the increasingly secularized era of turn-of-the-century Vienna? By exploring this question, Stereotype and Destiny in Arthur Schnitzler's Prose offers a new psycho-sociological perspective on the narrative works of Arthur Schnitzler. While Vienna 1900 as a site of crisis has been established in the scholarship, this book focuses on the presence of forces that deny the existence of said crisis and work to contain its subversive and critical potential. Stereotype and destiny emerge in Schnitzler's prose texts as a form of these counter-critical forces. In her readings, Kolkenbrock shows that stereotype and destiny serve as an interrelated coping mechanism for a central psychological conflict of modernity: the paradoxical need to be recognized as 'normal' and 'special' at the same time. While, through the complex of 'stereotype and destiny', Schnitzler's prose addresses central modern questions of identity and subjecthood, Kolkenbrock's close readings also reveal how the texts inscribe themselves aesthetically in the literary tradition of Romanticism and as such offer crucial sources for understanding Schnitzler's representations of embattled subjecthood within broader social and aesthetic traditions."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931 -- Criticism and interpretation
Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931.
Literary studies: from c 1900.
Literary theory.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- German.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501330971