Wilhelm Raabe: Global Themes - International Perspectives

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-25
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Wilhelm Raabe (1831-1910) is one of the major figures of 19th-century German Realist writing, acknowledged as an innovator both stylistically and thematically. But until now there has been little concentration on the international and postcolonial dimensions of Raabe's work - his literary critique of colonialism, his engagement with modernization and globalization, his involvement in 19th century German discourses about America, Africa and Asia, and the links between international and national issues in his writing. In this volume, contributions from many eminent critics address Raabe both as a writer on world affairs and as a subject himself for translation and comment outside of Germany.

Author Biography

Florian Krobb is Professor of German at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Dirk Goetsche is Lecturer in German at the University of Nottingham.

Table of Contents

Editorial Notep. ix
Notes on the Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Watching the World Shrink and Grow: Globalism in the Works of Wilhelm Raabep. 13
Raabe, Westermann, and the International Imaginationp. 25
'Pionier im alten abgebrauchten Europa': Modernization and Colonialism in Raabe's Prinzessin Fischp. 38
First Contact and Deja Vu: The Return of Agostin Agonista in Raabe's Zum wilden Mannp. 52
Colonialism and the Language of German--German Relations in Raabe's Stopfkuchenp. 61
Raabe and Dutch Colonialismp. 74
Representing America Sight Unseen: Comparative Observations on Spielhagen, Raabe, and Fontanep. 87
Narrative Evasion of Socio-political Crisis: Raabe's Die Leute aus dem Walde and Sealsfield's Das Kajutenbuch oder Nationale Charakteristikenp. 100
Nation and Gender in Wilhelm Raabe's Pre-Unification Historical Narrativesp. 114
Resonant Violence in Die Innerste and the Rupture of the German Idyll after 1871p. 126
Moonstone and 'Mondgebirge': Exile and Identity in Wilhelm Raabe and Wilkie Collinsp. 138
Raabe's 'English Prophet': Sofie Delffs and the English Translation of Abu Telfanp. 149
Wilhelm Raabe and Translationp. 159
English Translations of Wilhelm Raabep. 169
Works Citedp. 170
Index of Raabe's Worksp. 175
Index of Namesp. 176
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