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- DescriptionDouble Exposures aims t only to focus attention on competing meanings of realism and mimesis in nineteenth-century German narrative fiction, but also to supply a quite different account of how realism's typically submerged structures allow readers to explore some of the basic phemena and contradictions of their extra-literary, social existence. It challenges the currently dominant critical perspective on German poetic realism (and on literary realism in general), which considers this seemingly transparent mode of representation a deeply ideological and self-deceiving form of cultural discourse that reiterates, and so reinforces, powerful social constraints already at work in the extra-literary sphere. By rethinking the landmark theories of Jacobson and Barthes, Horkheimer and Ador, and Freud and Lacan-especially their attention to repetition-to point out that any instance of formal repetition produces effects that cant be contained, the author articulates how the supposedly marginal moments of faltering to both its own and its other cultural discourses are, in fact, intrinsic effects of poetic realism's double, conflictual nature. Through a series of close readings of several realist vellas by Adalbert Stifter, Gottfried Keller, Theodor Storm, C. F. Meyer, and Wilhelm Raabe, the book explores a number of realism's array of redundant motifs having to do with nature, gender, family, class, and aesthetics. It demonstrates that the realist project was always about more than simply reinforcing bourgeois ideology, and always fostered a form of self-awareness and reflection inseparable from what we value as literature.
- Author BiographyEric Downing is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Artificial I's: The Self as Artwork in Ovid, Kierkegaard, and Thomas Mann.
- Author(s)Eric Downing
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2000
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight627 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsCloth
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