Gottfried Keller and His Critics

Gottfried Keller and His Critics

A Case Study in Scholarly Criticism

Richard R. Ruppel


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Camden House



Survey of the criticism devoted to Gottfried Keller, the important nineteenth-century writer in German.
The works of Gottfried Keller (1819-1890) rank alongside those of Goethe and Thomas Mann, yet this volume is the first in any language to examine the critical assessment and scholarly expertise devoted to him, ranging from the early stages of journalistic criticism to the present day. Professor Ruppel begins by exploring the literary industry in the nineteenth century, the literary market place, the tastes of the reading public, and the expectations of editors, before going on to survey representative journalistic assessments of Keller's writing, including critical correspondence from Keller's contemporaries. Subsequent chapters examine in chronological order the most important milestones in Keller scholarship, particularly twentieth-century criticism and the Anglo-American tradition. There is also a brief history of the translations of Keller's works into English, investigating some of the difficulties confronting English translators of Keller's poetically creative German. The study concludes with an overview of recent scholarly assessments covering the past twenty-five years.


September 1998
192 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781571130556
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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'a carefully researched and well-written ation to the Camden House series. It succeeds admirably in providing a representative picture of the best of Keller scholarship.' YEARS WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES'Ruppel's work will be an indispensable resource.' GERMAN QUARTERLY'Ruppel provides a magisterial overview of the voluminous critical literature on Keller publihsed in the last 150 years.' GERMANISTIK 'An interesting and lucid narrative....An impressive achievement.' SEMINAR

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