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Black devil and iron angel

the railway in nineteenth-century German realism

Paul A. Youngman

Publication Year: 2012

Black Devil and Iron Angel examines how the railway was received and represented by a variety of nineteenth-century German and Austrian realist authors including Berthold Auerbach, Theodor Fontane, and Gerhart Hauptmann.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-xii

While driving to work one day in September 1996, I was listening to a story on National Public Radio comparing the cultural reception of the...


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pp. xiii-xvi

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-26

In 1846, when Berthold Auerbach published Sträflinge (Convicts), part of his popular...

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2. Berthold Auerbach

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pp. 27-54

Berthold Auerbach, born Moses Baruch Auerbach in the Swabian city of Nordstetten in 1812,was one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed...

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3. Peter Rosegger

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pp. 55-83

The railway presented the same conflict in Austria that it did in Germany, and it is interesting that the conflict plays a central role in the works of another...

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4. Theodor Fontane

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pp. 84-108

Theodor Fontane was born in Neuruppin near Berlin in 1819, more than twenty-five years before the first steam-driven German railway, the Bavarian...

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5. Gerhart Hauptmann

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pp. 109-127

Gerhart Hauptmann was born in Obersalzbrunn in Silesia in 1862, more than twenty-five years after the first railway in Germany was built...

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6. Max Eyth

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pp. 128-148

Like Fontane, the former pharmacist, Max Eyth came to his writing career rather late in life from an unrelated field. He was sixty years old when he moved...

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7. Conclusion

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pp. 149-154

This project originated in response to a call by Peter Watson to begin to think of the arts and sciences as part of one extended narrative.1This type of prodding has quite a history indeed. Elinor S. Shaffer puts it best in her...

Appendix A.“Im Nachtzug”

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pp. 155-158

Appendix B.“Die Brück’ am Tay”

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pp. 159-162


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pp. 163-168


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pp. 169-173

Production Notes

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p. 174-174

E-ISBN-13: 9780813216683
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813214160

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012


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Subject Headings

  • German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
  • Railroads in literature.
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