Theodor Fontane: The Major Novels Alan Bance

ISBN: 9780521155038

Published: August 26th 2010

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272 pages


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Theodor Fontane: The Major Novels  by  Alan Bance

Theodor Fontane: The Major Novels by Alan Bance
August 26th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780521155038 | 9.52 Mb

This 1982 book examines the novels of Theodor Fontane, one of the most important German novelists of the nineteenth century. He has been well served by English translations and is now regarded as a writer of international standing. Professor BanceMoreThis 1982 book examines the novels of Theodor Fontane, one of the most important German novelists of the nineteenth century. He has been well served by English translations and is now regarded as a writer of international standing.

Professor Bance begins by setting Fontanes work in the context of nineteenth-century Europe in general, and Germany in particular, which was struggling with its late modernization. The increasing materialism of modern industrial society found its literary correlative in the rise of prose fiction to supplant poetry as the predominant literary mode.

Fontanes career reflects this development: beginning as a writer of ballads and balladesque novels, he gradually developed into a realistic novelist capable of treating the most complex social relations. Professor Bance argues that Fontanes uvre can be seen in terms of a tension between a desire to present the facts and a desire to assert some transcendent poetic truth.



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