Adalbert Stifter's Late Prose: The Mania for Moderation (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture New edition)
By: Helena Ragg-Kirby (author)Hardback
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Adalbert Stifter has always been viewed as a natural heir to the Great Classical tradition, even by those critics who detect disturbing subtexts in his fiction. But he should be viewed quite differently: however well disguised, he is in truth a closet modernist, and a major trailblazer for Kafka and the Absurd. This is most evident in his late fiction, which has been almost universally ignored, dismissed or disparaged by his critics. His last novel "Witiko" in particular has been conspicuously neglected by both nineteenth- and twentieth-century critics. Ragg-Kirkby demonstrates - largely by way of close reading - that this is Stifter's extreme masterpiece.Beneath the surface of Biedermeier stuffiness is a vision of fracture, emptiness, meaninglessness, and mania not only more radical than that of any other 19th-century author, but arguably more radical than that of any 20th-century author, precisely because there is such a dis juncture between text and sub-text. In his final novel, Stifter simply leaves the future behind. Helena Ragg-Kirkby is a lecturer in German at the University of Sheffield.
Rituals and sublimations; masking the void; ritual in style; a stylistic dystopia; "Witiko" and the blighted paradise; "Witiko" and the ineffable.
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