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Günter Grasss Use of Baroque Literature D. Weber

Günter Grasss Use of Baroque Literature

D. Weber

Published July 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780901286505
Paperback
200 pages
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This is the first study to discuss the affinity between Grasss complete works and baroque literature. Grasss employment of baroque literature is of particular interest because it takes up a tradition from which German literature has long brokenMoreThis is the first study to discuss the affinity between Grasss complete works and baroque literature. Grasss employment of baroque literature is of particular interest because it takes up a tradition from which German literature has long broken away. Alexander Webers argument moves from an outline of general thematic parallels in the early works to an analysis of the conscious use of baroque literature in Der Butt and Das Treffen in Telgte. He offers both a close reading of Grass and general reflections on how a past literary tradition can be adopted by a modern writer. The study focuses on the themes of vanity, carpe diem, and Senecan Stoicism in the early works- it discusses parallels between the rhetorical structure of the courtly-historical novel and Der Butt and traces the artists melancholy and baroque allegories in Der Butt and Das Treffen in Telgte.