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Döblins Franz Biberkopf: Die erzählerische Gestaltung eines Außenseiters
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German, Department of German.
2009 (German)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


The novel Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin was published in 1929. It has subsequently been widely recognized as an important part of German Modernism due to its new conception of the hero, as well as its innovative narrative structure. The aim of this essay is both to determine the innovatory details in the concept of the hero and to describe the narrative structure, which is essential for a comprehensive understanding of the hero Franz Biberkopf. Hence, not only direct utterances by the hero and other narrative techniques are dealt with in the analysis, but also a wider context, including social interaction and the impact of the metropolis. In Berlin Alexanderplatz the concept of the hero is based on a fundamental criticism of the bourgeois view of the human being, a view which derives from the classical Homeric epic, stretching over the Enlightenment and into Döblin's time. However, the narrative innovation in Berlin Alexanderplatz is not only to be seen as the personal result of Döblin's critical reflections on the narrative tradition of the ʻbourgeois epicʼ, but also as one manifestation among others within the framework of Modernist criticism.

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2009. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Döblin, Franz Biberkopf, underdog, reality, narrative techniques, concept of the hero, bourgeois epic
Keyword [de]
Döblin, Franz Biberkopf, Außenseiter, Erzähltechnik, Montagetechnik, Authentizitätsillusion, Verfremdung, Wirklichkeit
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28355OAI: diva2:223899
Available from: 2009-06-15 Created: 2009-06-15 Last updated: 2009-06-15Bibliographically approved

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