"Die Perser! Die Perser kommen…" : Zur Aktualisierung eines Barbaren-Topos in der deutschen Exilliteratur

  • A closer look at the literary works, essays, letters and diaries of important German exile writers and anti-Nazi dissidents during National Socialism leads to an important observation: that is the increase of references to classical topoi of the Barbarian. Since at least 1933 and the traumatic Nazi book burnings, in German (exile) literature does not only occur a political actualization but also an emphatical radicalization of the reactivated dichotomies of 'civilization/culture' vs. 'the Barbarian' and sometimes more specific of 'the Hellenes' vs. 'the Persians'. Even though numerous literary texts display these dichotomies, in literary criticism a systematic analysis of their semantic implications and their function is still lacking. This study thus aims to present a first overview and interpretation of this noticeable actualization of the above mentioned topoi in German exile literature, particularly in the works of Klaus Mann.

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Author:Moritz Wagner
Parent Title (Multiple languages):Poetik und Rhetorik des Barbarischen = Poétique et rhétorique du barbare, Colloquium Helveticum ; 45
Publisher:Aisthesis Verlag
Place of publication:Bielefeld
Editor:Melanie Rohner, Markus Winkler
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2018/08/30
Year of first Publication:2016
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Creating Corporation:Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Release Date:2018/08/30
GND Keyword:Mann, Klaus; Nationalsozialismus <Motiv>; Exilliteratur; Barbar <Motiv>; Bücherverbrennung
Page Number:21
First Page:135
Last Page:156
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Aisthesis Verlag
BDSL-Klassifikation:17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.15.00 Exilliteratur
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Colloquium Helveticum / Poetik und Rhetorik des Barbarischen = Poétique et rhétorique du barbare (Colloquium Helveticum ; 45.2016)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht