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By Steffan Davies, Ernest Schonfield

D?¶blin??s texts, which variety generally throughout modern discourses, are paradigms of the stumble upon among literary and medical modernity. With their use of ?Tatsachenphantasie??, they explode traditional language, looking a brand new reference to the area of items and issues. This quantity reassesses and reevaluates the uniquely interdisciplinary caliber of D?¶blin??s interdiscursive, factually-inspired poetics through providing difficult new views on key works. the amount analyses not just a few of D?¶blin??s best-known novels and tales, but in addition ignored works together with his early clinical essays, political journalism and autobiographical texts. different subject matters addressed are D?¶blin??s engagement with German historical past; his relation to scientific discourse; his topography of Berlin; his aestheticisation of his personal biography and his relation to different significant writers similar to Heine, Benn, Brecht and Sebald. With contributions in English and in German by means of students from Germany and the uk, the amount offers insights into D?¶blin which are of price to complicated researchers and to scholars alike.

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The affinities with C. G. Jung’s conception of individuation that Maillard recognises in this scenario are highly suggestive and would undoubtedly repay more exhaustive investigation. But the aspect of Manas that is of particular interest in the present context is Döblin’s deployment of a mythic mode of representation which goes beyond mere allegory and constitutes in itself a direct means of envisioning – of rendering “anschaulich” – a complex conception of the mind as a function of the dynamic interplay of natural forces and capacities (the “Ich in der Natur”) which corresponds to Döblin’s projection of a universal unifying principle (an “Ich über der –––––––––––––– 37 38 See Graber, Döblins Epos “Manas”, p.

Studien zur Literatur der Moderne, Festschrift für Hans-Jörg Knobloch, ed. by Helmut Koopmann and Manfred Misch (Paderborn: Mentis, 2002), pp. 151-77 (p. 163). Chief among Döblin’s sources, alongside the Hindu myths themselves, was Helmut von Glasenapp, Der Hinduismus (1922). Metaphysical Speculation and the Fascination of the Real 27 Natur”). It is here above all that the concrete imagery of Döblin’s narrative fiction can be seen to correspond to, and to complement, the discursive account of his world-view that we find in his philosophical writings.

18). Geist, vielmehr Willen und Körper leben in einem kontinuierlichen Gegen- statt Miteinander, was durch den Ausbruch der Krankheit verstärkt wird: „Mit neunzehn Jahren befiel sie ein bleiches Siechtum, so daß ihr Gesicht abenteuerlich vor dem blauschwarzen Haarknoten schimmerte“ (EB, S. 18). Auch in ihrer Krankheit bleibt Ella damit dem Schicksal der Femme fragile verhaftet, denn unschwer lässt sich hinter ihrem „bleichen Siechtum“ die Schwindsucht entdecken.

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