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There are 14 critical essays on Perfume (novel).

Critical Essays on Perfume (novel)
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Critical Essay by Jeffrey Adams
10,007 words, approx. 33 pages
In the following essay, Adams explores the relation between Süskind's personal identity and literary persona as projected in the themes and characters of Das Parfum, demonstrating how the text undermines the conventional opinion that a literary text exclusively belongs to its author.
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Critical Essay by R. G. Whitinger and M. Herzog
7,819 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Whitinger and Herzog explore the elements of “postmodernist parody” found in E. T. A. Hoffmann's Das Fräulein von Scuderi and Süskind's Das Parfum.
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Critical Essay by Ed Moffatt
7,580 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Moffatt diagnoses Grenouille, the protagonist in Das Parfum, with acute schizophrenia, exploring the critical implications of the relationship between Grenouille and his cultural milieu and showing how the text subverts received notions of socio-cultural development and human progress.
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Critical Essay by Bradley Butterfield
6,693 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Butterfield examines Das Parfum in terms of the positive values of the text's negativity as postulated by Theodor Adorno's concept of “determinate negation” which concerns the consciousness of contradiction which denies resolution.
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Critical Essay by Manfred R. Jacobson
6,590 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Jacobson explicates Das Parfum in terms of the traditions of Küstlerliteratur and literary postmodernism.
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Critical Essay by Dieter Stolz
5,206 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Stolz discusses Das Parfum within the context of “new” countercultural European narrative techniques.
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Critical Essay by Judith Ryan
4,912 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Ryan examines the textual significance of allusions in Das Parfum to the Romanticism and Symbolist-Aestethic literary periods in light of postmodern ideas concerning pastiche and parody.
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Critical Essay by Neil H. Donahue
3,631 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Donahue speculates on the relationship between the formal pastiche of Das Parfum and parallel developments in New Historicism, demonstrating how the novel's parody of Peter Handke's Die Stunde der wahren Empfindung (1975) informs its satirical critique of the 1970s “Die Neue Sensibilität” movement in German literature.
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Critical Review by John Sutherland
3,075 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following review, Sutherland discusses the examination of scents and smells throughout literature, comparing the themes and styles of Perfume and The Double Bass.
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Critical Essay by Edith Borchardt
3,008 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Borchardt examines the function and subversion of picaresque novel conventions in Perfume, equating the authorial narrator of the picaresque novel with Perfume's hyperbolic protagonist.
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Critical Review by Ian Brunskill
1,045 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Brunskill compares and contrasts The Pigeon with Das Parfum, focusing on the protagonists, themes, and styles.
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Critical Review by Ruth Baumgarten
536 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Baumgarten evaluates the metaphorical use of the sense of smell in Perfume.
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Critical Review by Sara Terry
525 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Terry assesses the style and themes of Perfume, calling the novel a “fascinating exploration of the ‘essence’ of identity.”
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Critical Review by Robert Schwarz
382 words, approx. 1 pages
In the following review, Schwarz summarizes the plot and themes of Das Parfum, comparing the novel to the works of Günter Grass and Marcel Proust.


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