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Epic and Exile

Novels of the Popular German Front, 1933-1945 

Hunter Bivens (author)

ISBN: 9780810131484

Publication Date: Sep 2015

Format: Paperback

The antifascist exile beginning in 1933 led to a cooling among the émigrés of the artistic and literary modernist experiments of the Weimar Republic and to a return to realism and the traditional novel form. Epic and Exile examines the Popular Front-oriented cultural initiatives of the 1930s less in terms of their political strategy than in their function as a cultural and literary programme for the exiles.
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The antifascist exile beginning in 1933 led to a cooling among the émigrés of the artistic and literary modernist experiments of the Weimar Republic and to a return to realism and the traditional novel form. Epic and Exile examines the Popular Front– oriented cultural initiatives of the 1930s less in terms of their political strategy than in their function as a cultural and literary program for the exiles, implying a specific relationship to questions of artistic form, historical conceptions, and indeed the political as such. A popular front aesthetics is, Bivens argues, realist and modernist at once, and, in its focus on the opacities and contradictions of everyday life as a historical formation, it is particularly concerned with problems of the epic form.
Pages 344
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2015
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Series FlashPoints
Subject/s Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Philosophy of language  
Hunter Bivens is an assistant professor of literature and German studies at the University of California–Santa Cruz, USA.

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