Realism in European Literature: Essays in Honour of J. P. Stern

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The essays in this collection, which was originally published in 1986, address fundamental issues of literary realism that have long been given prominence by J. P. Stern, the distinguished writer on German literature and author of the seminal study On Realism. In the prevailing theoretical climate problems associated with literary realism assumed great urgency. Such problems are the notion of literary 'truth to life', the survival of the concept of 'realism' in the light of modern hermeneutical theory, the ...

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Overview

The essays in this collection, which was originally published in 1986, address fundamental issues of literary realism that have long been given prominence by J. P. Stern, the distinguished writer on German literature and author of the seminal study On Realism. In the prevailing theoretical climate problems associated with literary realism assumed great urgency. Such problems are the notion of literary 'truth to life', the survival of the concept of 'realism' in the light of modern hermeneutical theory, the perspective adopted by the contemporaries of Barthes and inheritors of Nietzsche on the canonical prose writers of the nineteenth century, and the future for an exegetical tradition represented in the work of Erich Auerbach.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521155335
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Note on the text; 1. Notes on language, its deconstruction and on translating Erich Heller; 2. Significant objects: a possibility of realism in early narratives Wolfgang Harms; 3. 'Enter Mariners, wet': realism in Shakespeare's last plays Anne Barton; 4. Language and reality in Bleak House Graham Hough; 5. The problem of nineteenth-century German realism Martin Swales; 6. Proust's Balzac Sheila Stern; 7. Realism, modernism, and 'language-consciousness' Stephen Health; 8. Nietzche and the 'middle mode of discourse' Nicholas Boyle; 9. Fabricating histories Paul Connerton; 10. Ounces of example: Henry James, philosopher Renford Bambrough; 11. Afterthoughts on realism Richard Brinkmann; Index.

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