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Rescue narratives: Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften and Benjamin’s ‘Das Taschentuch’

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Walter Benjamin’s little-explored 1932 novella ‘Das Taschentuch’ combines theory and narrative practice. Its reflections on storytelling anticipate the argument of the ‘Erzähler’ essay, while its rescue narrative echoes Benjamin’s essay on ‘Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften’. In ‘Das Taschentuch’ Benjamin adapts Goethe’s novella ‘Die wunderlichen Nachbarskinder’ for his own, technological age, considerably increasing the drama of the original. Like his ‘Goethe’ essay, however, Benjamin’s novella i...

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10.1080/09593683.2020.1723323

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
German
Oxford college:
Wadham College
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Routledge
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Publications of the English Goethe Society More from this journal
Volume:
89
Issue:
1
Pages:
94-110
Publication date:
2020-03-23
Acceptance date:
2019-11-29
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1749-6284
ISSN:
0959-3683
Language:
English
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pubs:1076288
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uuid:07898ef5-c4c1-44da-9f38-29183e8ae401
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1076288
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2019-12-04

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