A Companion to the Works of Alfred Dublin by Roland Dollinger, Wulf Koepke, Heidi Thomann Tewarson

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By Roland Dollinger, Wulf Koepke, Heidi Thomann Tewarson

Alfred Döblin (1878-1957) used to be one of many nice German-Jewish writers of the twentieth century, an incredible determine within the German avant-garde earlier than the 1st international conflict and a number one highbrow throughout the Weimar Republic. Döblin significantly motivated the historical past of the German novel: his best-known paintings, the best-selling 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, has usually been in comparison in its use of inner monologue and literary montage to James Joyce's Ulysses and John Dos Passos's ny move . Döblin's oeuvre is on no account restricted to novels, yet during this style, he provided a shocking number of narrative ideas, topics, constructions, and outlooks. Döblin's influence on German writers after the second one global warfare used to be huge: Günter Grass, for instance, stated him as ''my teacher.'' And but, whereas Alexanderplatz maintains to fascinate the interpreting public, it has overshadowed the remainder of Döblin's great oeuvre. This quantity of rigorously centred essays seeks to do justice to such very important texts as Döblin's early tales, his quite a few different novels, his political, philosophical, clinical, autobiographical, and spiritual essays, his experimental performs, and his writings at the new media of cinema and radio.Contributors: Heidi Thomann Tewarson, David Dollenmayer, Neil H. Donahue, Roland Dollinger, Veronika Fuechtner, Gabriele Sander, Erich Kleinschmidt, Wulf Koepke, Helmut F. Pfanner, Helmuth Kiesel, Klaus Müller-Salget, Christoph Bartscherer, Wolfgang Düsing. Roland Dollinger is affiliate professor of German at Sarah Lawrence collage; Wulf Koepke is professor emeritus of German at Texas A&M college; Heidi Thomann Tewarson is professor of German at Oberlin university.

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Contemporary writers of quite opposing artistic orientations, such as the expressionist Kasimir Edschmid (pseud. ” “Nirgendwo jener Naturalismus, der das Resultat von Studien, mit einiger Psychologie vermengt, wiedergibt” (Schuster/ Bode 25, 29, 50). The usually skeptical novelist Robert Musil (1880– 1942), in a lengthy review of Döblin’s Indian epos, Manas: Epische Dichtung (1926), predicted that this work would become very influential (Schuster/Bode 192). And in 1929, the eminent critic Herbert Ihering suggested that Döblin was really the only German candidate for the Nobel prize in literature (Ihering 446–47).

Thus, they are at the same time superior and inferior to men. As beings devoid of any intellectual curiosity or talent, they rank far below men. As beings who submit so easily to the laws of nature and life, however, they appear to transcend male limitations. Indeed, they are men’s undoing, because men see them as united with those forces of nature against which men wage their hopeless battle. Since women are so alien, men are afraid of them and their own male desires, and these fears gradually turn into hatred, sadism, and violence.

They were the novels Babylonische Wandrung oder Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall (1934), Pardon wird nicht gegeben (1935), Die Fahrt ins Land ohne Tod (the first part of Amazonas, 1937), Der blaue Tiger (the second part of Amazonas, 1938), and Bürger und Soldaten 1918 (the first volume of the planned trilogy November 1918, 1939). In Paris, Döblin also wrote on the Jewish question in connection with his engagement for the “Territorialist” movement, which searched for a Jewish homeland other than Palestine.

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