Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel: Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690 (Hardback)
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Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel: Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690 (Hardback)

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Eberhard Happel, Baroque German author of an extensive body of work of fiction and nonfiction, has for many years been categorised as a "courtly-gallant" novelist. In Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel, author Gerhild Scholz Williams argues that categorising him thus is to seriously misread him and to miss out on a fascinating perspective on this dynamic period in German history.

Happel primarily lived and worked in the vigorous port city of Hamburg, which was a "media centre" in terms of the access it offered to a wide library of books in public and private collections, and Hamburg's port status meant it buzzed with news and information. Happel's novels deal with many topics of current interest-explorations of national identity formation, gender and sexualities, Western European encounters with neighbours to the East, confrontations with non-European and non-Western powers and cultures-and they feature multiple media, including news reports, news collections, and travel writings. As a result, Happel's use of contemporary source material in his novels feeds the current interest in the impact of the production of knowledge on 17th-century narrative. Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel explores the narrative wealth and multiversity of Happel's work, examines Happel's novels as illustrative of 17th-century novel writing in Germany, and investigates the synergistic relationship in Happel's writings between the booming print media industry and the evolution of the German novel.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472119240
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This reviewer lauds Scholz Williams's expertise about the literary Happel, whose significance has been long bottomshelved. Marked by scholarly footnoting, authoritative quotations, a multilingual bibliography, comprehensive index, attractive cover design, and well-executed illustrations, this realignment of timeworn interpretations merits a 'superb!' ... Highly recommended."
--Choice-- (11/11/2014)
"Scholz Williams's study provides a convincing presentation of an almost forgotten author and his oeuvre, and it impresses not only with precise and deliberate analyses of the novels but also - and, indeed, especially - by its classification of these in the media landscape of the late seventeenth century."
--Seminar-- (06/13/2016)
]...appeals to readers interested in print culture, the development of the newspaper industry in Europe, and the interplay of fact and fiction in the popular novel of the day.]
--SHARP News-- (07/11/2016)
"[Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel] should be recognized as a first step towards exploring the author Happel and an avenue through which more insights and knowledge of the Baroque culture are possible."
--Carlin Struwe, Monatshefte-- (10/16/2015)

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