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Transformations of the German Novel: "Simplicissimus" in Eighteenth-Century Adaptations - Cultural History & Literary Imagination 14 (Paperback)
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Transformations of the German Novel: "Simplicissimus" in Eighteenth-Century Adaptations - Cultural History & Literary Imagination 14 (Paperback)

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Paperback 255 Pages / Published: 15/06/2009
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At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the German literary establishment considered the novel the contemptible entertainment of the uneducated. By the end of the century, the novel had eclipsed the epic poem as the most appropriate genre for depicting humankind and its preoccupations. The story of the novel's emergence as a respected and productive artistic genre is intimately bound up with the vicissitudes of the most popular of all German baroque works, Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen's (1621/22-1676) Der abentheurliche Simplicissimus: Teutsch (1668/69). Between 1756 and 1785, Simplicissimus quietly found its way into bookshops three times in radically different forms, in adaptations that were not, as critics have asserted, arbitrary, but quite purposeful. This investigation discusses the ways in which this canonical text was reworked to reflect the thinking of leading - and warring - Enlightenment aestheticians. At the genre war's end, the novel emerged triumphant and Simplicissimus adaptations had been instrumental in securing the victory; the multi-faceted Simplicissimus had served as a vehicle for reifying theoretical positions in the conflicts. For, as the social and aesthetic climate shifted radically, Grimmelshausen's work not only survived, but took on new life in the most important literary campaign of the century.

Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039118960
Number of pages: 255
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 220 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition

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