Transfiguration, effect, and engagement: Theodor Fontane's aesthetic thought

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Most accounts of Theodor Fontane's aesthetic thought focus on the concept of transfiguration. This article critically analyses and contextualizes Fontane's use of the term, and proposes a new account of his aesthetic though based on two recurrent concepts in his writing, effect and engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFontane in the Twenty-First Century
EditorsJohn B. Lyon, Brian Tucker
Place of PublicationRochester, NY
PublisherCamden House
ISBN (Electronic)9781787444669
ISBN (Print)9781640140097
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
PublisherCamden House


  • Fontane
  • Verklarung
  • Realism
  • Aesthetics


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