The Cambridge Companion to the Modern German Novel

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Theodor Fontane, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, and Gunther Grass are among the writers examined in this comprehensive introduction to the development of the German novel in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Including a chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion conveys the vitality and complexity of the modern German novel, and the debates surrounding it.
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Overview

Theodor Fontane, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, and Gunther Grass are among the writers examined in this comprehensive introduction to the development of the German novel in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Including a chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion conveys the vitality and complexity of the modern German novel, and the debates surrounding it.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
A note concerning translations and bibliographical data
1 The German novel in the long twentieth century 1
2 Contexts of the novel : society, politics and culture in German-speaking Europe, 1870 to the present 15
3 The novel in Wilhelmine Germany : from realism to satire 31
4 Gender anxiety and the shaping of the self in some modernist writers : Musil, Hesse, Hofmannsthal, Jahnn 46
5 Franz Kafka : the radical modernist 62
6 Modernism and the Bildungsroman : Thomas Mann's Magic mountain 77
7 Apocalypse and utopia in the Austrian novel of the 1930s : Hermann Broch and Robert Musil 93
8 Images of the city 110
9 Women writers in the 'Golden' twenties 123
10 The First World War and its aftermath in the German novel 138
11 The German novel during the Third Reich 152
12 History, memory, fiction after the Second World War 167
13 Aesthetics and resistance : Boll, Grass, Weiss 187
14 The kleiner Mann and modern times : from Fallada to Walser 202
15 The 'critical' novel in the GDR 218
16 Identity and authenticity in Swiss and Austrian novels of the postwar era : Max Frisch and Peter Handke 232
17 Subjectivity and women's writing of the 1970s and early 1980s 249
18 The postmodern German novel 266
Index 280
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