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Exotic Spaces in German Modernism$
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Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.001.0001

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Fernweh, Travel, and the Re-enchantment of the World in Hofmannsthal, Dauthendey, and Hesse

Fernweh, Travel, and the Re-enchantment of the World in Hofmannsthal, Dauthendey, and Hesse

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(p.16) 1 Fernweh, Travel, and the Re-enchantment of the World in Hofmannsthal, Dauthendey, and Hesse
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Exotic Spaces in German Modernism
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Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0002

The relevance of atmosphere to the evocation of exotic spaces is outlined with reference to theories of spatial experience, such as by Georg Simmel, and in Hofmannsthal’s travel writings, in the novel Andreas, and in Die Briefe des Zurückgekehrtens. The notions of Fernweh and Heimweh (longing for far-away places and homesickness, respectively) are shown to be evoked in writers’ critical response to the experience of European modernity. The disenchantment of the modern world as defined by Max Weber is shown to describe the situation to which the writings of Max Dauthendey offer alternative. Enchantment and re-enchantment, which suggest critical distance from the modern European experience, describe the possibilities of exotic experience in Dauthendey and in Herman Hesse’s travel writing in India, Aus Indien.

Keywords:   atmosphere, exotic, travel writing, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Dauthendey, Herman Hesse, disenchantment, Fernweh, Heimweh

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