Günter Grass's Use of Baroque Literature

Alexander Weber

Bithell Series of Dissertations 20

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 41

W. S. Maney & Son Ltd for the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic Studies

1 January 1995  •  198pp

ISBN: 978-0-901286-50-5 (paperback)  •  RRP £25, $40

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This is the first study to discuss the affinity between Grass's complete works and baroque literature. Grass's employment of baroque literature is of particular interest because it takes up a tradition from which German literature has long broken away.

Alexander Weber's argument moves from an outline of general thematic parallels in the early works to an analysis of the conscious use of baroque literature in Der Butt and Das Treffen in Telgte. He offers both a close reading of Grass and general reflections on how a past literary tradition can be adopted by a modern writer.

The study focuses on the themes of vanity, carpe diem, and Senecan Stoicism in the early works; it discusses parallels between the rhetorical structure of the courtly-historical novel and Der Butt and traces the artist's melancholy and baroque allegories in Der Butt and Das Treffen in Telgte.

Bibliography entry:

Weber, Alexander, Günter Grass's Use of Baroque Literature, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA, 1995)

First footnote reference: 35 Alexander Weber, Günter Grass's Use of Baroque Literature, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA, 1995), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Weber, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Weber, Alexander. 1995. Günter Grass's Use of Baroque Literature, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 20 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Weber 1995: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Weber 1995: 21.

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