Space in Theodor Fontane's Works
Theme and Poetic Function

Michael James White

Bithell Series of Dissertations 38

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 82

Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

30 May 2012  •  196pp

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The novels of Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), Germany's most important Realist, have long been appreciated for the symbolism of their represented worlds. In this study, Michael White examines the significance of space and spatial experience across Fontane’s oeuvre, providing analyses of non-fiction prose and less well-known novels, alongside major works and poetry. The study reveals not only a complex and varied spatial symbolism, but also that space itself is a thematic concern in Fontane’s writing. His texts portray human beings’ relationships with their worlds, and how and to what end they invest their environment with meaning. Fontane's novels and travel writings emerge as profoundly reflexive discourses on art and its function for the individual.

Michael J. White completed his Ph.D. at St Andrews and now teaches German at the Institut de la formation des maîtres, Université d’Artois.

Reviews:

  • ‘The book is exceptionally well written, precise, compact, and lean. It has been well edited with very few faults.’ — Jeffrey L. Sammons, Modern Language Review 109, 2014, 277-79 (full text online)

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Preface
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1-19
Introduction
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20-45
Chapter 1 Spatial Representation and the Boundaries of the Literary Text: Die Grafschaft Ruppin
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46-70
Chapter 2 Spatial Representation As A Strategy of Relativization: Vor Dem Sturm
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71-98
Chapter 3 the Spatial Representation of Awareness: Schach Von Wuthenow and Graf Petöfy
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99-126
Chapter 4 Spatial Representation and ‘Die Künstlerische Betrachtung Des Lebens’: Irrungen Wirrungen and Unwiederbringlich
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127-162
Chapter 5 the Spatial Representation of A Poetische Weltanschauung: Der Stechlin
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163-174
Conclusion
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175-188
Bibliography
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189-192
INDEX
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White, Michael James, Space in Theodor Fontane's Works: Theme and Poetic Function, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2012)

First footnote reference: 35 Michael James White, Space in Theodor Fontane's Works: Theme and Poetic Function, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2012), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 White, p. 47.

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White, Michael James. 2012. Space in Theodor Fontane's Works: Theme and Poetic Function, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 38 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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