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Out of Place: German Realism, Displacement and Modernity (New Directions in German Studies)by John B Lyon
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In late nineteenth-century Germany, the onset of modernity transformed how people experienced place. In response to increased industrialization and urbanization, the expansion of international capitalism, and the extension of railway and other travel networks, the sense of being connected to a specific place gave way to an unsettling sense of displacement. Out of Place analyzes the works of three major representatives of German Realism-Wilhelm Raabe, Theodor Fontane, and Gottfried Keller-within this historical context. It situates the perceived loss of place evident in their texts within the contemporary discourse of housing and urban reform, but also views such discourse through the lens of twentienth-century theories of place. Informed by both phenomenological (Heidegger and Casey) as well as Marxist (Deleuze, Guattari, and Benjamin) approaches to place, John B. Lyon highlights the struggle to address issues of place and space that reappear today in debates about environmentalism, transnationalism, globalization, and regionalism.
About the Author
John Lyon is Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is the author of Crafting Flesh, Crafting Self: Violence and Identity in Early 19th Century German Literature (Bucknell University Press, 2006).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Displacement and German Realism / Chapter 1: Place and Displacement in Berlin, 1848-1900 / Chapter 2: Wilhelm Raabe and Modernity: Realism's Trajectory of Place / Chapter 3. Dynamic Places in Theodor Fontane's Irrungen Wirrungen / Chapter 4. Allegorical Place in Gottfried Keller's Martin Salander / Conclusion. Place Today: Politics and Humanity / Bibliography / Index
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