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Poesie am eigenen Leib erfahren: Physis und Kunst in E.T.A Hoffmanns Der goldene Topf

Abstract : The Golden Pot, a Modern Fairytale, illustrates the interaction between the philistine world and the poetic kingdom of Atlantis through the use of ironic distancing effects, thus shifting the genre summoned by its subtitle towards the Fantastic. A further peculiarity that marks this shift is the rewriting of the Künstlerroman, as Anselmus’ poetic education primarily takes place on the physical level. Indeed, the discovery and exploration of the aesthetic wonderland Atlantis is invariably expressed through motifs of blissful, or indeed harrowing encounters with disconcerting creatures. They are perceived as radically alien polymorphous bodies from the outside, but also have a direct physical effect on the main character whose experience of them operates inside his own body. Throughout this process of revelation, which is emphasised as a physical one, boundaries are repeatedly established and yet simultaneously made porous. On the one hand, the boundaries between daily life and the artistic beyond, and those that lie between their respective forms of representation. On the other hand, the boundaries between the external and the internal life, constituting the poles of an individual creative dynamism caught between oppressive nightmares and ecstatic rapture.
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Evelyne Jacquelin. Poesie am eigenen Leib erfahren: Physis und Kunst in E.T.A Hoffmanns Der goldene Topf. Cahiers d'études germaniques, 2020, 1 (78), pp.29-41. ⟨10.4000/ceg.9371⟩. ⟨hal-03514340⟩



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