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Theodor Storm and Disenchantment

Cooper, Ian (2015) Theodor Storm and Disenchantment. German Life and Letters, 68 (4). pp. 584-597. ISSN 0016-8777. (doi:10.1111/glal.12101) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:50993)

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Abstract

This essay examines Theodor Storm as a practitioner of the novella in the context of ideas about ‘disenchantment’ – a concept given prominence by Max Weber and later taken up by Adorno and Horkheimer. The comparison proceeds from Storm's recognised relation to currents of nineteenth‐century thought from which the philosophical discourse of disenchantment emerged. In the perspectival complexity of Der Schimmelreiter Storm gives expression to problems of narrative legitimation which Weber sees as characteristic of rationalisation; for Adorno and Horkheimer such problems underlie the self‐alienation of the ‘enlightened’ world view, which they understand as becoming mythic. Storm anticipates these tensions in his spectrally infused treatment of nature, which allows him to grasp the crisis of myth and enlightenment as continuous with a discursive primacy of the aesthetic. His text throws such primacy into critical relief as inadequate to the claim of realist narrative art.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/glal.12101
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PT German literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > German
Depositing User: Jacqueline Martlew
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 14:29 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 04:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50993 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cooper, Ian: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-0905
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