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To Live or to Die for Art: Vicki Baum's Artist Novel Die Karriere der Doris Hart in the Light of Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Swedish Studies and Comparative Literature. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: TRANS - Revue de littérature générale et comparée, ISSN 1778-3887, Vol. 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The focus of this study is the German novel Die Karriere der Doris Hart published in 1936. Its author, Vicki Baum, is presently neglected, but was at the time a best-selling author. Die Karriere der Doris Hart tells the dramatic success story of an opera singer, and it is told in a fashion where critical objectivity of Neue Sachlichkeit clashes and breaks with an older romantic ideal of the artist. However, in the end the traditionally romantic ideal persists and this essay tries to answer how and why it is the case. The essay opens with a presentation of the formal criteria of the literary Neue Sachlichkeit which are synchronically contextualizing Die Karriere der Doris Hart. The novel is then diachronically related to the genre of the artist novel, especially one that is here considered as its intertext, namely Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark from 1915, and a comparative analysis of The Song of the Lark concludes the essay.

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Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2013. Vol. 15
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95892OAI: diva2:639387
Available from: 2013-08-07 Created: 2013-08-07 Last updated: 2013-08-15

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