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By Birgit Röder

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The German Romantic author and composer E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) -- possibly top recognized to the English-speaking global via his Nutcracker and during Jacques Offenbach's opera Tales of Hoffmann -- struggled to persuade his predominantly bourgeois public of the advantages of paintings and literature. no longer unusually, a lot of his most vital novellas are certain up with the dilemmas of paintings and the demanding situations confronted by way of the Romantic artist, and it truly is those Künstlernovellen which are the focal point of this learn. Birgit Röderargues that Hoffmann's artists will not be easily people who create artistic endeavors, yet quite figures via whom the writer explores the situation of these who reject the traditional international of bourgeois truth and search to say the claims of the mind's eye in an international ruled by way of prosaic rationalism. opposite to prior students besides the fact that, Röder demonstrates that Hoffmann's novellas sincerely warn opposed to a view of artwork as an self reliant aesthetic realm bring to an end from the area of truth. this is often quite obvious in Röder's research of gender family members in Hoffmann's oeuvre -- in particular the connection among (male) artist and (female) muse -- which underlines the level to which artwork, literature, and the mind's eye are inseparably sure up with the existing social truth. The novellas which are given broad attention are Das Fräulein von Scuderi, Der Sandmann, Die Jesuiterkirche in G., Die Fermate, Der Artushof, Don Juan, Das Sanctus, and Rat Krespel.

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Which of these is correct? Or is it not the case that, as the story suggests, both views have a claim to validity? But even though Hoffmann’s fictions remain complex, multidimensional structures, I do not believe that they resist interpretation altogether. Much is left up to the reader, and it would be foolish to deny the role of ideological factors in the latter’s interpretation of the text. Nonetheless, it is possible to establish a view of the world that is unique to Hoffmann in his fictional and other writings.

Indeed we might ask why the Ideal should not be embodied in a masculine form, a question Thomas Mann explores 61 in Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice, 1912). Accordingly, the fact that it is woman — and not man — who is subject to this process of idealization is in no small measure a reflection of her erotic appeal for the 62 male artist. It is only when the erotic dimension is held in check that this process of idealization can take place. Autonomous female sexuality is often associated with evil and regarded as a threat to the male, for example, the figure of Romana in Eichendorff’s Ahnung und Gegenwart and of the statue of Venus in Das Marmorbild.

The decisions of the Sun King and his ministers — which inevitably have profound and far-reaching consequences — are made at court; yet the atmosphere of this rococo court is one of superficial frivolity that is quite incompatible with deciding weighty matters of state. The courtiers are primarily concerned with composing amusing ditties so that the king and his immediate circle (who appear to have no particularly pressing tasks) can wile away their time and stave off boredom. Here art is something purely decorative — all form and no content.

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