Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel
Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Seventeenth-century German literature is increasingly attracting the critical attention of scholars, who survey a variety of early modern texts in the context of culture, gender, class, media and translation studies, and, of course, history. ...
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Newspapers have played an important role in my life as far back as I can remember. So have novels ever since I picked the first one off the bookshelf in my parent’s home in Germany. As a teenager, I thought I might like to be a journalist. ...
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1. Setting the Stage
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Between the invention of movable type and the birth of the Internet, the development that had the most lasting impact on human communication was the emergence of the periodical press: the regularly delivered daily, weekly, and monthly news reports that began to be published in Germany during the first decade of the seventeenth century.1 ...
2. “The Court of Public Opinion”: Fictionalizing Encounters with Historical Heroes (Imre Thököly and Friedrich von Schomberg)
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Roger Boylan discusses a contemporary author’s (Ken Follett’s) approach to fiction in terms that seem to recall the seventeenth-century novel and particularly Happel’s Geschicht-Romane: “Multiple plot strands woven through a vast tapestry of times past. In this huge panorama, empires rise and fall, wars break out and characters of varying social backgrounds live mostly happy or mostly unhappy lives.”1 ...
3. Dangerous Passage: Pirates, Robbers, Captives, and Slaves
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The fascination of early modern media with Imre Thököly and Friedrich von Schomberg found expression not only in newspapers but also in broadsheets, pamphlets, biographies, and, as examined in this study, novels. This fascination was based not only on the notoriety of these two men, their “star quality,” but also on the fact that they represented an early modern form of globalization, ...
4. Losing Direction: Romance and Gender Confusions
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In the preceding chapters, we explored the role of the media and contemporary history in the construction of Happel’s novels. The other element of Happel’s history and romance dichotomy, the Romanisirungen, will occupy us in this one. ...
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I conclude this exploration of Happel’s novels with a brief look at a character who, in nuce, contains all the aspects that come together to make Happel’s novels such an intriguing subject for study: the synergies of facts and fiction (historia/Romanisirung) and, in the context of both, the entertaining complications that arise in these narratives from the mix-ups of gender, class, and nationalities. ...
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2014