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The case of literature : forensic narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Author: Arne Höcker
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2020. ©2020
Series: Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book shows that narrative literature beginning in the late 18th century works out a mode of representing individual cases that exceeds singularity and novelty but stops short of generality and moral didacticism. Two essential questions guide the author's work here: How does this new literature contribute to the establishment of casuistic forms that since the 18th century have been involved in the formation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Höcker, Arne.
Case of literature
Ithaca : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2020.
(DLC) 2019032678
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arne Höcker
ISBN: 9781501749353 1501749358 9781501749360 1501749366
OCLC Number: 1151508760
Description: viii, 239 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The case of Werther and the institution of literature --
"Observe, write!" : histories of observation and the psychological novel Anton Reiser --
Hot and cold : history, casuistry, and literature in Schiller and Kleist --
Schmolling, Hoffmann, Hitzig, and the problem of legal responsibility --
The drama of the case : making the case of Woyzeck --
Drama, anecdote, case : Wedekind's Lulu --
Freud's cases --
Fantasy of facts : Döblin's poetics of uncertainty --
The man of possibilities : Musil's Moosbrugger.
Series Title: Signale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Arne Höcker.

Abstract:

"This book shows that narrative literature beginning in the late 18th century works out a mode of representing individual cases that exceeds singularity and novelty but stops short of generality and moral didacticism. Two essential questions guide the author's work here: How does this new literature contribute to the establishment of casuistic forms that since the 18th century have been involved in the formation of psychological knowledge and legal decision making? And how, inversely, does the case history contribute to the formation of literary and aesthetic discourses? In answering these questions for the German-language canon, this book contributes to the understanding of how we came to attribute to literature special formative and critical qualities that until today define our cultural self-conception"--

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