Adalbert Stifter | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Walter Silz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Adalbert Stifter.
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Critical Essay by Walter Silz

SOURCE: "Stifter, Abdias (1842)," in Realism and Reality, University of North Carolina Press, 1954, pp. 52-66.

In the following excerpt, Silz discusses the structure and merits of "Abdias. "

One of the modern theorists of narrative literature, Georg Lukács, has evolved a view of the Novelle for which Adalbert Stifter's "Abdias" seems a perfect illustration. The Novelle, says Lukács, is "the embodiment of the isolated remarkableness and dubiousness of life. . . . The strident arbitrariness of Chance, beneficent or destructive, but always striking irrationally, can be balanced only by a clear, purely objective comprehension of it, without comment. The Novelle is the most purely artistic of forms; the ultimate meaning of all artistic creation is expressed by it as mood, as the substantial meaning of form-giving, even though, for that very reason, abstractly...

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