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fire.« (MM 271) Life is essentially a process of generation and growth; and yet, the organic structure, as a necessary requirement of life, seems to have no origin or precedent other than itself. In the search for some link, scientists had stooped to the absurdity of hypothesizing living material

In: Thomas Mann

galant geworden sein, daB sie das Spinnrad nicht mehr in die Hand nehmen darf. (Damm, vol. 2, p. 376) A rousseauistic fascination with the simplicity of a lost Arcadia, a land of shepherds and hunters living a free and unencumbered life close to nature, is evident in these descriptions, as is

In: Image and Text: J.M.R. Lenz
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current conditions of work and life through a forty-something, childless cou- ple living in Berlin in the first decade of the twenty-first century by tracking their struggles with jobs and relationships over the course of one week. Following in the tradition of the Zeitroman, the novel ad- dresses what

In: "Wenn sie das Wort Ich gebraucht"
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, a point which will be discussed 1ater. There are also echoes of the same kind in the full title of Moll Flanders: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu' d variety for Threescore Years, bestdes her Childhood, was Twelve

In: Barocker Lust-Spiegel

number of German writers, together with his questioning of certain fundamental aspects of Germanistik’s “time-honoured” methodology, are important contributions to a critical perspective on nineteenth century and twentieth century German cultural history. Despite his life as expatriate writer and

In: W.G. Sebald

was one of the most prominent poets of the Frederician era. He was born in 1715 and died a legendary death in the Battle of Kunersdorf in 1759—one of the bloodiest battles of the Seven Years’ War. His unsettled life foreshadows the life choices Heinrich von Kleist would be burdened with. Ewald

In: Heinrich von Kleist

, for it shows him to be unreliable, irresponsible, and inept. It is an interpretation of the Lenz-Wieland episode in need of reconsideration. 4 As is well known, Lenz was at a crossroad in his life when he left Strasbourg for Weimar in 1776; without a secure position and no longer as productive as

In: Image and Text: J.M.R. Lenz

by a temporal logic of progression which devalues earlier texts in both aesthetic and political terms. As a result, we are deprived - indeed, we deprive ourselves ­ of a more comprehensive view of a complex author whose life and work unfolded alongside the first 25 years of the GDR. This flattening

In: 1945–1995: Fünfzig Jahre deutschsprachige Literatur in Aspekten
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in which Walser’s novels of the 1990s appear to rewrite his earliest work in order now to produce a victory for subjectivity over the banality of the merely ‘real’. Second, I argue that this process is continued into Der Lebenslauf der Liebe. The life of Susi Gern achieves some degree of

In: Seelenarbeit an Deutschland

, I have told no lies; and when I explain that the happiness, the honor, and perhaps the life of a human being might be saved by this journey, there is every reason to believe it.” “[T]he life of a human being”—surely Kleist is referring to himself here, but how was his journey to save him? The answer

In: Heinrich von Kleist