Alfred Döblin: Paradigms of Modernism

SG Davies, Ernest Schonfield

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Döblin’s texts, which range widely across contemporary discourses, are paradigms of the encounter between literary and scientific modernity. With their use of ‛Tatsachenphantasie’, they explode conventional language, seeking a new connection with the world of objects and things. This volume reassesses and reevaluates the uniquely interdisciplinary quality of Döblin’s interdiscursive, factually-inspired poetics by offering challenging new perspectives on key works. The volume analyses not only some of Döblin’s best-known novels and stories, but also neglected works including his early medical essays, political journalism and autobiographical texts. Other topics addressed are Döblin’s engagement with German history; his relation to medical discourse; his topography of Berlin; his aestheticisation of his own biography and his relation to other major writers such as Heine, Benn, Brecht and Sebald. With contributions in English and in German by scholars from Germany and the United Kingdom, the volume presents insights into Döblin that are of value to advanced researchers and to students alike.
Translated title of the contributionAlfred Döblin: Paradigms of Modernism
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerlin: de Gruyter and London: Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies
Number of pages420
ISBN (Electronic)9783110217704
ISBN (Print)9783110217698
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Other identifier: as e-book: 9783110217704
Other: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies, vol. 95: ISBN 9780854572229


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