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In The Case of Literature, Arne Höcker offers a radical reassessment of the modern European literary canon. His reinterpretations of Goethe, Schiller, Büchner, Döblin, Musil, and Kafka show how literary and scientific narratives have determined each other over the past three centuries, and he argues that modern literature not only contributed to the development of the human sciences but also established itself as the privileged medium for a modern style of case-based reasoning.

The Case of Literature deftly traces the role of narrative fiction in relation to the scientific knowledge of the individual from eighteenth-century psychology and pedagogy to nineteenth-century sexology and criminology to twentieth-century psychoanalysis. Höcker demonstrates how modern authors consciously engaged casuistic forms of writing to arrive at new understandings of literary discourse that correspond to major historical transformations in the function of fiction. He argues for the centrality of literature to changes in the conceptions of psychological knowledge production around 1800; legal responsibility and institutionalized forms of decision-making throughout the nineteenth century; and literature's own realist demands in the early twentieth century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I. Making the Case around 1800
  1. 1. The Case of Werther and the Institution of Literature
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. 2. "Observe, Write!": Histories of Observation and the Psychological Novel Anton Reiser
  2. pp. 49-70
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  1. 3. Hot and Cold: History, Casuistry, and Literature in Schiller and Kleist
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 4. Conclusion: Literary Reference and Authorship
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. Part II. The Case between Psychiatry, Law, and Literature
  1. 5. Schmolling, Hoffmann, Hitzig, and the Problem of Legal Responsibility
  2. pp. 99-113
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  1. 6. The Drama of the Case: Making the Case of Woyzeck
  2. pp. 114-131
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  1. 7. Drama, Anecdote, Case: Wedekind's Lulu
  2. pp. 132-151
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  1. 8. Conclusion: The Fiction of Authority
  2. pp. 152-154
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  1. Part III. Novelistic Casuistry
  1. 9. Freud's Cases
  2. pp. 157-173
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  1. 10. Fantasy of Facts: Dublin's Poetics of Uncertainty
  2. pp. 174-189
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  1. 11. The Man of Possibilities: Musil's Moosbrugger
  2. pp. 190-204
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  1. 12. Conclusion: The Function of Fiction
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-239
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501749384
Related ISBN(s)
9781501749353, 9781501749360, 9781501749377
MARC Record
OCLC
1153072685
Pages
252
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-04
Language
English
Open Access
No

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