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This study seeks to alter our understanding of Keller’s realism by problematizing the act of reading within fiction. The story of reading in Keller’s fiction is a self-conscious meditation on the schism between life and its literary representation—and it emphasizes the incapacity of that representation to actually and substantially influence the life it is based on. This has consequences for the didactic writer. The act of reading here generally involves a collision between fiction and its other and a move (or tragic failure to move) toward an acceptance and affirmation of the non-correspondence between life and literature, a process that renders moral didacticism a quixotic project. This position runs counter to the prevailing view of Keller as a consciously didactic author who tried to create a credible copy of reality in order to revise and repair the real world by inspiring readers to make the depicted improvements in their nonfictional universe.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title
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  1. Series Note
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 09_Fm02
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Fictions and Feuerbach: Keller’s Progress toward Intellectual Independence
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. 2. Pankraz, der Leser: Sulking and the Didactic Author
  2. pp. 41-59
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  1. 3. “Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe”: The Romance of Realism?
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. 4. Züricher Novellen: Didactic Literature and Unreceptive Life
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. 5. Das Sinngedicht: Beyond the Futility of Utility
  2. pp. 100-115
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 117-133
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469656779
Related ISBN
9781469656762
MARC Record
OCLC
1151088531
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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