Private life and domestic interiors play a central structuring role in German realist novels of the nineteenth century. Drawing on non-literary fields such as the social history of the family and the development of historicist styles of decoration, this study interprets the specifically narrative construction of this private space. In the works of major realist authors it traces the changing dimensions of the interior from its narrative stabilization in the 1850s through its social contestation in the Gründerzeit to its dissolution at the end of the century.
About the Author
The Author: Kirsten Belgum is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied in Freiburg, Germany and Madison, Wisconsin and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Her other research interests include feminine aesthetics and the cultural history of German nationalism.
Table of Contents
Contents: Stabilization and disintegration of the middle-class or bourgeois domestic interior in realist novels by Stifter, Freytag, Spielhagen, Marlitt, Kretzer, Raabe, Fontane and Th. Mann.