Hamlet oder Die lange Wartburg-Nacht nimmt kein Ende : die westdeutsche Literaturlandschaft der Nachkriegs- und frühen Adenauer-Zeit aus der Sicht des Re-Emigranten Alfred Döblin

Hamlet or The long night at Wartburg never ends : The literary scene in West Germany in the immediate post-war period and during the first Adenauer years as viewed by the re-emigrant Alfred Döblin

  • The theme of Wagner's opera 'Tannhäuser' is the conflict between the artist and society, between nonconformism and servility to the dictates of a regime, with all its dogmas and taboos. This theme remains real and 'modern' to this day, and it has been acted out several times in German history. 'Truth fanatics' – artists, academics and intellectuals – have repeatedly been ostracized, boycotted or mocked. One such figure was Alfred Döblin, nowadays a half-forgotten novelist who returned to post-war Germany after several years of exile to participate in the country's spiritual regeneration. Döblin's novel 'Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende' – begun during the writer's Hollywood exile – can be viewed as a work of 'Trauerarbeit' – a way of dealing with the Nazi past. This paper examines the questions asked by Döblin and the problems he faced in the nascent Federal Republic of Germany, using his 'Hamlet' as a source of illustrative examples. Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' – a work to which Döblin was strongly drawn – serves as a framework.

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Author:Miroslav UrbanecGND
Parent Title (German):Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica
Publisher:Ostravská univerzita v Ostravě
Place of publication:Ostrava
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/09/02
GND Keyword:Döblin, Alfred / Hamlet oder die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende; Wagner, Richard / Tannhäuser; Künstler <Motiv>; Gesellschaft <Motiv>; Trauerarbeit; Deutschland <Bundesrepublik>
Page Number:8
First Page:123
Last Page:130
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
BDSL-Klassifikation:18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.04.00 Studien
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Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica / Studia Germanistica 9
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht