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Anglica Germanica Series 2 : Adalbert Stifter: A Critical Study - Martin Swales

Anglica Germanica Series 2

Adalbert Stifter: A Critical Study


Published: 25th November 2010
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Although Adalbert Stifter (1808-68) has long been recognised as a key figure in nineteenth-century German prose writing, his literary reputation has been curiously volatile. This major study, first published in 1984, was a reassessment of Stifter's work within the context of the tradition of nineteenth-century European fictional prose. The authors pay close attention to features of style, structure and narrative perspective in order to suggest that Stifter's heavily stylised prose expresses a profound and significant irresolution. On the one hand, Stifter seeks to assert that the natural world is a divinely ordained creation; on the other, he recognises that nature is a self-regulating mechanism, a totality that is scientifically explicable. Stifter emerges as a writer of European stature. This tightly organised, lucid study will prove of interest to students of German literature and serve as an introduction to Stifter for those who take an interest in European prose fiction.

Biographical introduction
Stifter criticism
Theme and structure
The tragedy of individuation
Narrative and style
Conclusion: Stifter and the realist tradition
Abbreviations of periodicals
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ISBN: 9780521155281
ISBN-10: 0521155282
Series: Anglica Germanica Series 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34