Alfred Döblin
Monsters, Cyborgs and Berliners 1900-1933

Robert Craig

Germanic Literatures 20

Legenda

  January 2021

ISBN: 978-1-781889-26-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781889-27-5 (paperback, 2022)

ISBN: 978-1-781889-28-2 (JSTOR ebook)

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‘If you’re satisfied with yourself, beware of Alfred Döblin.’ It was with this temptation for brave souls that Günter Grass closed his posthumous tribute, exactly ten years after the great modernist’s death. Döblin (1878-1957) is best known for his masterpiece Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929), one of the twentieth century’s finest city narratives. But the journey to the ‘Alex’ takes us along pathways both less familiar and every bit as intriguing. In the decades before his flight into exile in 1933, this medical doctor-cum-author broke new ground as an expressionist short story writer, and as an author of historical novels and modernist science fiction. Not only that, but he made radical new contributions to poetics, aesthetics and nature philosophy.

The particular focus of this study, the first of its kind in English, is a relationship that continually fascinated Döblin: that between nature and the self. Robert Craig shows how his eclectic works before 1933 traced out an evolving dialectic between the human and the natural, and between the self and its embodiment: a constellation through which he began to rethink the contours of subjectivity and human meaning itself. The results are challenging, unsettling, and continually illuminating.

Robert Craig is a Teaching and Research Fellow in English and German at the Otto-Friedrich Universität in Bamberg.

Bibliography entry:

Craig, Robert, Alfred Döblin: Monsters, Cyborgs and Berliners 1900-1933, Germanic Literatures, 20 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Robert Craig, Alfred Döblin: Monsters, Cyborgs and Berliners 1900-1933, Germanic Literatures, 20 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Craig, p. 47.

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Craig, Robert. 2021. Alfred Döblin: Monsters, Cyborgs and Berliners 1900-1933, Germanic Literatures, 20 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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