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The Novel I: Representing the Times

David Midgley

in Writing Weimar: Critical Realism in German Literature, 1918-1933

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151791
eISBN:
9780191672835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151791.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter compares the best-known major novels of the period as attempts at large-scale narrative representation of the character of the times, and focuses particularly on the methodological ... More


Eros and Inwardness in Vienna: Weininger, Musil, Doderer

David S. Luft

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226496474
eISBN:
9780226496481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226496481.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Although we usually think of the intellectual legacy of twentieth-century Vienna as synonymous with Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic theories, other prominent writers from Vienna were also ... More


Inner Depths: Exotic Topographies of Primal Consciousness in Benn, Musil, and Kubin

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Exotic Spaces in German Modernism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604128
eISBN:
9780191729362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The inner life rendered as exotic space reflects the modern subject’s sense of self, recognizing primal forces within. The aesthetic imagination, mystical-erotic reverie, and the interior experiences ... More


The Infinite Specificity of Life (Musil)

Andreas Gailus

in Forms of Life: Aesthetics and Biopolitics in German Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749803
eISBN:
9781501749971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749803.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses Musil. Robert Musil's unfinished magnum opus, The Man Without Qualities, analyzes the petrification of the classical model of Bildung under conditions of a heightened ... More


Loos, Musil, Wittgenstein, and the Recovery of Human Life

Piergiorgio Donatelli

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Donatelli’s chapter asks how modernism helps us to understand Wittgenstein’s philosophy, with its interest in language as a way of elaborating a preoccupation with the forms of life, and how a ... More


The Man of Possibilities: Musil’s Moosbrugger

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores Robert Musil's case-based concept of an “imaginary precision” in the novel The Man without Qualities (1930–1943). In the 1920s and 1930s, Musil's literary production also ... More


Kakanian Variations: Four Hands and the Passing of the Nineteenth Century

Adrian Daub

in Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano Playing and Nineteenth-Century Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199981779
eISBN:
9780199370085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981779.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western, History, American

The moribund Hapsburg Empire always invited characterization through musical scenes, and prime among them were scenes of four-hand piano playing. This chapter focuses on a number of texts that ... More


Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Jason M. Wirth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823268207
eISBN:
9780823272471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This study attempts to understand, through both a careful reading of Milan Kundera’s oeuvre as well as a consideration of the Continental philosophical tradition, the place that Kundera calls “the ... More


The Difference: Heinrich von Kleist

Alexander Kluge

Richard Langston (ed.)

in Difference and Orientation: An Alexander Kluge Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501739200
eISBN:
9781501739224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter details Alexander Kluge's 1985 acceptance speech on the occasion of receiving the Kleist Prize, which had been revived after a half-century hiatus. Kluge claims that if there is anyone ... More


Utopian Bodies: The Sensual Woman and the Lust Murderer

Scott Spector

in Violent Sensations: Sex, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1860-1914

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226196640
eISBN:
9780226196817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226196817.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The chapter tracks the history of "Lustmord" or sex murder in German criminology and popular imagination, and links it to the high literary use of the figure in Robert Musil’s novel The Man Without ... More


Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Nina Engelhardt

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474416238
eISBN:
9781474449656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416238.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Modernism in mathematics – this unusual notion turns out to provide new perspectives on central questions in and beyond literary modernism. This books draws on prose texts by mathematicians and on ... More


On the Border

Scott Spector

in Violent Sensations: Sex, Crime, and Utopia in Vienna and Berlin, 1860-1914

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226196640
eISBN:
9780226196817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226196817.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The chapter introduces the book as a whole, and its overarching project to understand late-modernity’s obsessions with marginal figures of sexuality, crime, and violence. The project traces the ... More


Conclusion

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Exotic Spaces in German Modernism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604128
eISBN:
9780191729362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The exploration and imagination of exotic spaces allows authors not only to expand the topography of the modern literary imagination, but also to examine and contest the modern understanding of the ... More


The World as Bloom Found it: “Ithaca,” the Tractatus, and Looking “More than Once for the Solution of Difficult Problems in Imaginary or Real Life”

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Zumhagen-Yekplé reads Wittgenstein’s Tractatus resolutely, alongside the “Ithaca” chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, arguing that looking at Wittgenstein in this way offers new dimensions for ... More


War Shadowing: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End

Paul K. Saint-Amour

in Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190200947
eISBN:
9780190200978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 6 opens with a brief discussion of Musil’s The Man Without Qualities, whose setting in an infinitely protracted 1913 denies the inevitability of the First World War. Musil’s narrative and ... More


Conclusion: The Function of Fiction

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies how the experience and cultivation of individual subjectivity that since the end of the eighteenth century was inextricably tied to literary discourse and narrative forms of ... More


Space

J. F. de Jong Irene

in Narratology and Classics: A Practical Guide

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199688692
eISBN:
9780191808562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199688692.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the role of space in a narrative, and especially in relation to the construction and interpretation of stories. Some narratives are full of detailed descriptions or semantically ... More


Epilogue: A European Union Without Qualities

Marco Duranti

in The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199811380
eISBN:
9780190638689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.003.0014
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This coda discusses the implications of the book’s findings for the current political crisis besetting the European Union, drawing contrasts between Winston Churchill’s vision of European unity in ... More


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