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Shifting Viewpoints

Cervantes in Twentieth-Century and Early Twenty-First-Century Literature Written in German

Author(s): Meg H. Brown, Gabriele Eckart
Contributors: Prof. Meg Brown, Gabriele Eckart;

Book Description

This study shows that Cervantes’s works actively influenced the literature of a number of twentieth- and early twenty-first-century writers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This time period was marked by numerous significant events, including World War I, the first attempts at democracy, the rise of the Nazis, World War II, the division of Germany, and the eventual reunification of Germany. Representations of characters created by Cervantes reflect the shifting viewpoints of monarchism, imperialism, communism, fascism, socialism, and capitalism. A number of German-speaking authors of this time creatively modify Don Quixote, vacillating between regarding Don Quixote as a fool or a hero. The emphasis here is on the question of how an author uses Cervantes’s Don Quixote and The Conversation of the Dogs to come to terms with his or her own preoccupations in a given socio-political context. This book explores literary works by German-speaking authors that engage in an intertextual play with a text written by Cervantes.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5135-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5135-3
Date of Publication: 01/10/2013
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £44.99


Gabriele Eckart is Professor of German and Spanish at Southeast Missouri State University. She has published scholarly articles on comparative literature and contemporary German literature and culture, as well as documentary and fiction. Her publications include So sehe ick die Sache and Hitchhiking.

Meg H. Brown is Professor of German and Spanish and former chair at Murray State University in Kentucky. She has presented scholarly papers and published on German and Austrian literature and the reception of Spanish American literature in Germany, including her book The Reception of Spanish American Novels in West Germany 1981–1991: A Study of Best Sellers, and issues related to study abroad. Since 1996, she has directed and taught in the KIIS summer study abroad program in Bregenz, Austria.