The German Novella

The German Novella

Two Centuries of Criticism

Siegfried Weing


Camden House



Overview of the critical history of the German novella.
Originating with Boccaccio during the Italian Renaissance, the novella, a cyclical collection of frame stories in prose, quickly inspired many imitations in Italy, France, Spain and Great Britain. However, it was not widely used in Germany until the end of the eighteenth century, when, inspired by Goethe, the genre retained the original medium but abandoned the cyclical format; it rapidly grew in popularity, dominating the nineteenth century literary scene, and became the object of much artistic speculation. The orthodox theory of the novella has sharply divided the critical establishment; defended in modern times by some scholars,it has been sharply attacked by others. The German Novella: Two Centuries of Criticism is the only work in English or German that illuminates the main currents of theory formation, evaluation, and revaluation from its inception with Wieland to the present, tracing a path through the huge amount of critical material devoted to the novella.


November 1994
208 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781879751644
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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Anyone interested in gaining an up-to-date perspective on the development and present state of German novella theory and criticism will be well served by Siegfried Weing's book. ... an excellent index. MONATSHEFTE

'An eminently serviceable quick reference work.' SOUTH ATLANTIC REVIEW

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