E. T. A. Hoffmann

Transgressive Romanticism

Edited by Christopher R. Clason

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ISBN: 9781786941213

Publication: May 31, 2018

Series: Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in Literature and Culture 1780-1850 4

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This collection of essays addresses a very broad range of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s most significant works, examining them through the lens of “transgression.” Transgression bears relevance to Hoffmann’s life and professions in three ways. First, his official career path was that of jurisprudence; he was active as a lawyer, a judge and eventually as one of the most important magistrates in Berlin. Second, his personal life was marked by numerous conflicts with political and social authorities. Seemingly no matter where he went, he experienced much chaos, grief and impoverishment in leading his always precarious existence. Third, his works explore characters and concepts beyond the boundaries of what was considered aesthetically acceptable. “Normal” bourgeois existence was often juxtaposed to the lives of criminals, sinners, and other deviants, both within the spaces of the known world as well as in supernatural realms. He, perhaps more than any other author of the German Romantic movement, regularly portrayed the dark side of existence in his works, including unconscious psychological phenomena, nightmares, somnambulism, vampirism, mesmerism, Doppelgänger, and other forms of transgressive behavior. It is the intention of this volume to provide a new look at Hoffmann’s very diverse body of work from numerous perspectives, stimulating interest in Hoffmann in English language audiences.

Christopher R. Clason is Professor of German at Oakland University. He is co-editor of 'Romantic Rapports: New Essays on Romanticism Across the Disciplines' (Camden House, 2017) and 'Literary and Poetic Representations of Work and Labor in Europe and Asia during the Romantic Era' (Edwin Mellen Press, 2011).

Introduction --- Christopher R. Clason, Oakland University
I. Transgression and Institutions
1. “A poor, imprisoned animal.” Persons, Property, and the Unnatural Nature of the Law in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “Das Majorat.” --- Alexander Schlutz, John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center
2. Vergiftete Gaben: Violating the Laws of Hospitality in E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “Das Fräulein von Scuderi” --- Peter Erickson, Colorado State University
3. Transgressive Science in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Fantastic Tales --- Paola Mayer, University of Guelph
II. Transgression and the Arts
4. E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Bamberg Theater --- Frederick Burwick, University of California, Los Angeles
5. Transitions and Slippages of Mimesis in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “Der goldene Topf,” “Die Fermate,” and “Das öde Haus.” --- Beate Allert, Purdue University
6. Transgressions: On the (De-)Figuration of the Vampire in E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “Vampyrism" --- Nicole Sütterlin, Harvard University
III. Transgression in the Märchen
7. Transgressive Play and Uncanny Toys in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “Das fremde Kind” --- Christina Weiler, Purdue University
8. Attending to the Everyday: Idiosyncrasy in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Golden Pot” --- Ruth Kellar, University of Wisconsin, Madison
9. Prinzessin Brambilla: The Aesthetic between Public and Private --- Howard Pollack-Millgate, DePauw University
IV. Transgression of Reception in Kater Murr
10. Hoffmann’s “Two Worlds” and the Problem of Life-Writing --- Julian Knox, Georgia College
11. “Real Humor Cannot Be Captured in a Novel”: Kierkegaard Reading E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr --- James Rasmussen, United States Air Force Academy
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Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

272 Pages

9 B&W illustrations

Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781786941213

Publication: May 31, 2018

Series: Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in Literature and Culture 1780-1850 4

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