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Dialogue and Narrative Design in the Works of Adalbert Stifter

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Edited by Brigid Haines. Published 1991. ISBN: 9780947623449.



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Brigid Haines focuses on the crucial interplay between dialogue and narrative in Adalbert Stifter's works and relates this to their overall structure. Stifter, a conservative and often didactic writer, is nevertheless shown to present a complex view of reality which incorporates subjective and sometimes subversive voices. In Der beschriebene T├Ąnnling the characters' utterances relativize the narrator's apparently objective account, while in the Bildungsroman Der Nachsommer one subjective voice succeeds in calling into question the validity of the tightly-woven rhetorical creed on which the novel is based. Stifter achieved a more open form in his final novel, Die Mappe meines Urgro├čvaters, which articulates honestly his own doubts about the adequacy of human communication and understanding.