Techniques of Solipsism
A Study of Theodor Storm’s Narrative Fiction

Terence John Rogers

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MHRA Texts and Dissertations 1

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 October 1970

ISBN: 978-1-839546-37-2 (Hosted on this website)

Open Access with doi: 10.59860/td.b16925a

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Theodor Storm, born in 1817, was at first a poet of the bleak North Sea plains, but emerged after the liberal revolutions of 1848 as a major German writer of novellas. Though considered a social realist, Storm also asked more introspective questions, bordering on the tragic and the mysterious. In his final novella Der Schimmelreiter, 1888, which Thomas Mann greatly admired, the rider on the white horse of the title is in fact a young dyke-master, struggling to rebuild his remote village’s flood defences: a matter of life and death, and his white horse is believed by superstitious locals to be the ghost of a skeleton once unearthed nearby. This landmark study of Storm’s novellas is divided into three parts: Rogers considers first how loneliness is presented in Storm’s fictional worlds; then, how stories are told by far-from-omniscient narrators, or by minor characters whose identities are disguised; and finally, how the writer turned in his last and most troubled years to the question of human responsibility.

This book, originally published in 1970 and later given the ISBN 978-0-900547-05-8, was reissued in 2024 as Open Access under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC 4.0, as part of a programme by the Modern Humanities Research Association to ensure that our early publications remain available to today’s scholars.

This dissertation, drawn from T. J. Rogers’s Cambridge doctoral dissertation of 1967, was published posthumously following his tragic death in a car accident little more than a year after taking up his first academic post at the University of Durham.

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Part I: Contours of Loneliness
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Part II: Techniques of Solipsism
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Part III: Responsibility on a Split Level
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Appendices
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Techniques of Solipsism: end matter
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Rogers, Terence John, Techniques of Solipsism: A Study of Theodor Storm’s Narrative Fiction, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 1 (MHRA, 1970)

First footnote reference: 35 Terence John Rogers, Techniques of Solipsism: A Study of Theodor Storm’s Narrative Fiction, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 1 (MHRA, 1970), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Rogers, p. 47.

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Rogers, Terence John. 1970. Techniques of Solipsism: A Study of Theodor Storm’s Narrative Fiction, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 1 (MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Rogers 1970: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Rogers 1970: 21.

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