E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alcohol
Biography, Reception and Art

Victoria Dutchman-Smith

Bithell Series of Dissertations 35

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 75

Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

19 February 2010  •  196pp

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Throughout critical debates on E. T. A. Hoffmann, discussions of alcohol, and in particular its influence on and significance within E. T. A. Hoffmann's creative output, have been recurrent, impassioned and frequently divisive. Portrayals of the artist as tortured alcoholic, such as one finds in Offenbach's Contes d'Hoffmann, continue to capture the public imagination, but have fallen out of favour with critics wishing to bolster Hoffmann's status as a landmark writer.

Victoria Dutchman-Smith uses the specific fate of alcohol as a topic in literature, biography and criticism as a prompt for the re-evaluation of Hoffmann's changing identities over the past two centuries: as artist, critic, Romantic, pre-emptive modernist, canonised great and, not least, as drinker. The role of alcohol in Hoffmann's life and works cannot be separated from wider cultural and critical narratives, and Dutchman-Smith's enthusiastic exploration of these sheds dramatic new light on the use and abuse of categorisation, not just in past and present responses to Hoffmann's works, but in the very structures of literary debate.

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Reviews:

  • ‘Clearly written in a jargon-free style, Dutchman-Smith’s study offers an illuminating discussion of a dimension of Hoffmann’s work that has received relatively little scholarly attention up until now, and which will be of interest to specialists and advanced students alike.’ — Birgit Röder, Modern Language Review 106, 2011, 904-05 (full text online)

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Acknowledgements
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ix-x
Abbreviations
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Introduction
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10-36
Part I: the Artist As Drinker: Chapter 1 ‘Ein Exotisches Produkt’: Alcohol and the Hoffmann Figure
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37-63
Chapter 2 ‘Eine Schauderhafte Warnungstafel’: the Drinking Writer As Exemplar
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64-86
Chapter 3 ‘Wenn So Die Blaue Flamme Emporzückt...’: Alcohol, Artistry, and Inspiration
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88-124
Part Ii: the Drinker As Artist: Chapter 4 ‘Schadenfrohe Taschenspieler [...] Die Unfug Mit Dir Trieben’: Alcohol and Storytelling
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125-168
Chapter 5 ‘Aus Dem Untergange Das Heil’: Sickness, Status, and ‘Syrakuser’
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169-172
Conclusion
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173-180
Bibliography
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181-182
Appendix
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183-186
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Dutchman-Smith, Victoria, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alcohol: Biography, Reception and Art, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2010)

First footnote reference: 35 Victoria Dutchman-Smith, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alcohol: Biography, Reception and Art, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2010), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Dutchman-Smith, p. 47.

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Dutchman-Smith, Victoria. 2010. E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alcohol: Biography, Reception and Art, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Dutchman-Smith 2010: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Dutchman-Smith 2010: 21.

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