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Mediating culture in the seventeenth-century German novel : Eberhard Werner Happel, 1647-1690 /
Gerhild Scholz Williams.
Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2014]
xiii, 248 p.
0472119249 (cloth : acid-free paper), 0472120107 (ebook), 9780472119240 (cloth : acid-free paper), 9780472120109 (ebook)
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Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2014]
0472119249 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0472120107 (ebook)
9780472119240 (cloth : acid-free paper)
9780472120109 (ebook)
contents note
List of Abbreviations -- Setting the Stage -- "The Court of Public Opinion" : Fictionalizing Encounters with Historical Heroes (Imre Thököly and Friedrich von Schomberg) -- Dangerous Passage : Pirates, Robbers, Captives, and Slaves -- Losing Direction : Romance and Gender Confusions.
"Eberhard Happel, Baroque German author of an extensive body of work of fiction and nonfiction, has for many years been categorized as a 'courtly-gallant' novelist. In Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel, author Gerhild Scholz Williams argues that categorizing him thus is to seriously misread him and to miss out on a fascinating perspective on this dynamic period in German history. Happel primarily lived and worked in the vigorous port city of Hamburg, which was a 'media center' in terms of the access it offered to a wide library of books in public and private collections, and Hamburg's port status meant it buzzed with news and information. Happel's novels deal with many topics of current interest--explorations of national identity formation, gender and sexualities, Western European encounters with neighbors to the East, confrontations with non-European and non-Western powers and cultures--and they feature multiple media, including news reports, news collections, and travel writings. As a result, Happel's use of contemporary source material in his novels feeds the current interest in the impact of the production of knowledge on 17th-century narrative. Mediating Culture in the Seventeenth-Century German Novel explores the narrative wealth and multiversity of Happel's work, examines Happel's novels as illustrative of 17th-century novel writing in Germany, and investigates the synergistic relationship in Happel's writings between the booming print media industry and the evolution of the German novel"--
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-237) and index.

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