Wolfgang Hilbig’s appropriation of romantic discourse

Corkhill, A. (2008) Wolfgang Hilbig’s appropriation of romantic discourse. Neophilologus, 92 1: 93-107. doi:10.1007/s11061-007-9044-1

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Author Corkhill, A.
Title Wolfgang Hilbig’s appropriation of romantic discourse
Journal name Neophilologus   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-2677
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11061-007-9044-1
Open Access Status
Volume 92
Issue 1
Start page 93
End page 107
Total pages 15
Editor H. T. Oostendorp
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject C1
200512 Literature in German
950203 Languages and Literature
Formatted abstract
The writings of East German author Wolfgang Hilbig reveal an indebtedness both to the poetics of Baudelaire and to literary modernism. At the same time, his creative oeuvre is shot through with intertextual references to German Romantic artists and tropes. Hilbig's attraction to the Romantic Movement is far from epigonal, sentimental or escapist. The article argues that just as the (re-)discovery of Romanticism during the 1970s and 1980s by other East German literary practitioners, including Hilbig's own mentor Franz Fühmann, resulted in a profound questioning of "actually existing socialism" and the cultural politics that shaped it, Hilbig similarly draws on Romantic topoi, intellectual discourses and aesthetic tenets to critique flaws in the State's socio-political mechanisms and in its treatment of the artist/writer. The article explores Hilbig's integration of philosophical, poetological and ecological aspects of this Romantic legacy into more than three decades of prose fiction and verse. It also interrogates Hilbig's reconceptualisation of Romantic imagery and diction.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online in 6th June 2007. Thus Cannot claim refereed article as 2008 publication under expanded Year of publication. Removed from 2009 HERDC

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