By Roland Dollinger, Wulf Koepke, Heidi Thomann Tewarson
Alfred DГ¶blin (1878-1957) used to be one of many nice German-Jewish writers of the 20 th century, an immense determine within the German avant-garde prior to the 1st global conflict and a number one highbrow through the Weimar Republic. DГ¶blin tremendously encouraged the historical past of the German novel: his best-known paintings, the best-selling 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, has often been in comparison in its use of inner monologue and literary montage to James Joyce's Ulysses and John Dos Passos's ny move . DГ¶blin's oeuvre is under no circumstances restricted to novels, yet during this style, he provided a stunning number of narrative concepts, topics, buildings, and outlooks. DГ¶blin's effect on German writers after the second one global battle used to be enormous: GГјnter Grass, for instance, said him as ''my teacher.'' And but, whereas Alexanderplatz keeps to fascinate the studying public, it has overshadowed the remainder of DГ¶blin's gigantic oeuvre. This quantity of rigorously targeted essays seeks to do justice to such very important texts as DГ¶blin's early tales, his various different novels, his political, philosophical, clinical, autobiographical, and spiritual essays, his experimental performs, and his writings at the new media of cinema and radio.Contributors: Heidi Thomann Tewarson, David Dollenmayer, Neil H. Donahue, Roland Dollinger, Veronika Fuechtner, Gabriele Sander, Erich Kleinschmidt, Wulf Koepke, Helmut F. Pfanner, Helmuth Kiesel, Klaus MГјller-Salget, Christoph Bartscherer, Wolfgang DГјsing. Roland Dollinger is affiliate professor of German at Sarah Lawrence university; Wulf Koepke is professor emeritus of German at Texas A&M collage; Heidi Thomann Tewarson is professor of German at Oberlin collage.
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The era of authorial omnipotence was over; it was sufficient to consider and uncover relationships without seeking cause and effect. To this end Döblin coined the word Beziehlichkeit, or the recognition of multiple relations, which gave meaning to the world and made art comprehensible. The musician admits: “Ich erkenne Gleichmaß, Wiederkehr und Zusammenhang an; einen Sinn hat die Welt, den ihr der Satz der Beziehlichkeit leiht, — weiter aber kann ich nicht, o Kalypso, nur preisen Gleichmaß und Beziehlichkeit und immer preisen den Baum, von dem — mir kein Apfel herunterfällt” (SÄPL, 46).
Instead of her struggle against economic ruin, Bertha is now battling a different evil — her sexual desire, awakened by a perfectly decent young man. ” His words resound like the trumpets of the Last Judgment, shattering and crushing her. The reader last sees Bertha at the canal, leaning over the railing, and admitting to herself that she cannot conquer her sexual drive. Here, the manuscript breaks off. As stated earlier, Bebel and his optimistic outlook soon lost their relevance for the budding author, although he continued to profess certain sympathies for socialism.
Döblin makes this explicit in his summary of the novel’s intention: “Sexual Pathologisches wird also auf ein normalpsychisches Verhalten zurückgeführt, als dessen Verschärfung, und eben durch diese Zurückführung begreiflich und künstlerisch darstellungsfähig” (B I, 23). The pathological is presented as the intensification of the normal and therefore acceptable in artistic production. If the reality of madness had been slandered (JR, 72) up to now, then it was time to acknowledge it in all its manifestations, without apology.
A Companion to the Works of Alfred Dublin by Roland Dollinger, Wulf Koepke, Heidi Thomann Tewarson