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Lycanthropy in German Literature (Hardcover) (Peter Arnds)

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Lycanthropy in German Literature traces the ways in which the figure of the German wolfman transforms over time and epitomizes different and shifting cultural anxieties, from the religious and superstitious, psychological, and racial. The wolf in German culture signals society's fear of human vice (such as idleness, vagrancy, crime), but it is also a metaphor for sovereign power, specifically resistance to foreign invasion and social pressures on conformity. This study highlights some of the key moments of lycanthropy in German literature and reveals how the wolf metaphor itself becomes degraded over time, culminating in its reduction to vermin of a lower order in the context of genocide. It offers new readings of canonical texts by Hans Jacob Christoph Grimmelshausen, the Grimm Brothers, Ludwig Tieck, Wilhelm Raabe, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Günter Grass, and Edgar Hilsenrath. This is an important text for all higher-level students and scholars of German and European literature.

Lycanthropy in German Literature traces the ways in which the figure of the German wolfman transforms over time and epitomizes different and shifting cultural anxieties, from the religious and superstitious, psychological, and racial. The wolf in German culture signals society's fear of human vice (such as idleness, vagrancy, crime), but it is also a metaphor for sovereign power, specifically resistance to foreign invasion and social pressures on conformity. This study highlights some of the key moments of lycanthropy in German literature and reveals how the wolf metaphor itself becomes degraded over time, culminating in its reduction to vermin of a lower order in the context of genocide. It offers new readings of canonical texts by Hans Jacob Christoph Grimmelshausen, the Grimm Brothers, Ludwig Tieck, Wilhelm Raabe, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Günter Grass, and Edgar Hilsenrath. This is an important text for all higher-level students and scholars of German and European literature.

Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / German
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Peter Arnds
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2015
TCIN: 46759459
UPC: 9781137541628
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7266

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