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E. T. A. Hoffman: Transgressive Romanticism

Christopher R. Clason


This collection of essays addresses a very broad range of Hoffmann’s most significant works, examining them through the lens of “transgression.” Transgression bears relevance to E. T. A. Hoffmann’s life and professions in 3 ways. First, his official career path was that of jurisprudence; he was active as a lawyer, a judge and eventually as one of the most important magistrates in Berlin. Second, his personal life was marked by numerous conflicts with political and social authorities. Seemingly no matter where he went, he experienced much chaos, grief and impoverishment in leading his always pr ... More

Keywords: transgression, law, Romanticism, German literature, dark side, Hoffmann’s tales, Kater Murr, criminality, psychology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941213
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher R. Clason, editor

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Christopher R. Clason, Oakland University

I Transgression and Institutions

Chapter Two Vergiftete Gaben

Peter Erickson, Colorado State University

Part II Transgression and the Arts

Chapter Four E.T.A. Hoffmann and the Bamberg Theater

Frederick Burwick, University of California, Los Angeles

Chapter Six Transgressions: On the (De-)Figuration of the Vampire in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “Vampyrismus”1

Nicole A. Sütterlin, Harvard University translated by Christopher R. Clason and Alexander Lambrow

Part III Transgression in the Märchen

Chapter Eight Attending to the Everyday

Ruth Kellar, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Chapter Nine Prinzessin Brambilla

Howard Pollack-Milgate, DePauw University

Part IV Transgression of Reception in Kater Murr

Chapter Eleven “Real Humor Cannot Be Captured in a Novel”

James Rasmussen, United States Air Force Academy

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