Alfred Doblin: Paradigms of Modernism by Steffan Davies, Ernest Schonfield

By Steffan Davies, Ernest Schonfield

D?¶blin??s texts, which diversity broadly throughout modern discourses, are paradigms of the come across among literary and medical modernity. With their use of ?Tatsachenphantasie??, they explode traditional language, looking a brand new reference to the realm of items and issues. This quantity reassesses and reevaluates the uniquely interdisciplinary caliber of D?¶blin??s interdiscursive, factually-inspired poetics by way of delivering difficult new views on key works. the quantity analyses not just a few of D?¶blin??s best-known novels and tales, but additionally missed works together with his early scientific essays, political journalism and autobiographical texts. different issues addressed are D?¶blin??s engagement with German heritage; his relation to scientific discourse; his topography of Berlin; his aestheticisation of his personal biography and his relation to different significant writers equivalent to Heine, Benn, Brecht and Sebald. With contributions in English and in German by means of students from Germany and the uk, the quantity offers insights into D?¶blin which are of price to complex researchers and to scholars alike.

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18). 25 Von zarter, meist kränklicher Schönheit offenbart ihr bleicher Teint fragile Züge von Morbidität und Verfall, große, dunkle Augen lassen das kleine Gesicht der Femme fragile kindlich wirken, so dass sie häufig auch mit der Kindfrau, der Femme enfant des Fin de Siècle, gleichgesetzt wird. In ihrer Figur finden die morbide Pathologisierung des Daseins, die Stilisierung körperlichen Verfalls und die Fokussierung auf innerseelische und nervöse Zustände einen literarischen Höhepunkt. Döblins Tänzerin gibt sich in ihrem physischen Erscheinungsbildes als typische Repräsentantin der Femme fragile zu erkennen, „die schmalen Schultern“, „schlanken Arme“, der „straffe Leib“ zeichnen sie ebenso aus wie „eine kleine, seidenleichte Figur, außerdem „übergroße schwarze Augen“ (EB, S.

Cf. Hoock, Modernität als Paradox, pp. 166-68 and 187-88. Klaus Müller-Salget, Alfred Döblin. Werk und Entwicklung, 2nd edition (Bonn: Bouvier, 1988), pp. 120-31 and 165-69. Metaphysical Speculation and the Fascination of the Real 25 focus is on an unflinching depiction of ruthless human behaviour and – leaving aside that moment of the fantastic which brings the melancholic Emperor Ferdinand face to face with a demonic representative of the natural order in the final chapter – any sense of a transcendental perspective on the natural world is absent; but by the same token, human behaviour is often evoked here in metaphorical terms which firmly relate it to a conception of natural processes as raw, brutal and primeval.

Die gefährliche, fast psychiatrische Vertiefung der Theaterpersonen ist ihr Werk, die Mikroskopik kommt einer Versimplung oder Verflachung teil. Psychologie als Krückstock bei Mangel an dichterischer Intuition. (KS I, S. 62-63) Es wird sich zeigen, dass es eben jene Versimplung und Verflachung sowohl literarischen als auch medizinischen Wissens ist, der die Texte Döblins zu entkommen suchen. Wegweisend ist in diesem Zusammenhang der 1914 und wohl nicht zufällig in Wien, im Neuen Wiener Journal veröffentlichte Beitrag Die Nerven.

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