The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane
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I’ve been interested in the Berlin novels of Theodor Fontane ever since I read Effi Briest (often compared with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina) en route to a degree in German many years ago. Sometimes referred to as the Dickens of Germany, Fontane (1819-1898) came to fiction late in life (there’s still hope for me left!) and didn’t write his first novel, Vor dem Sturm (Before the Storm) until he was in his late 50s.

 

Fontane’s novels are characterised less by their plot than his astute use of dialogue to create an affectionate portrait of Berlin and its inhabitants at the time. Many of his novels, particularly Die Berliner Frauenromane (novels set wholly or in part in Berlin with women as the main character), examine the role of women in society, often through the lens of marriage. Fontane is clearly sympathetic to the role and condition of women in late nineteenth century Germany, but manages to convey this without being overtly judgemental or sentimental. In many respects, he is a paragon of restraint in his writing.

 

In the weeks and months to come, I will be mapping seven literary walks based on his Frauenromane: L’Adultera; Cécile; Irrungen, Wirrungen; Stine; Frau Jenny Treibel; Effi Briest; and Mathilde Möhring. Watch this space...

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Underappreciated: Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest and Irretrievable

Edith Krause, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesnes University, discusses Fontane’s best known works—his 1896 novel Effi Briest, considered a masterpiece of realist fiction alongside Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, and his 1892 novel Irretrievable, which was recently re-published by New York Review of Books.

 

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/lopate/lopate072711bpod.mp3

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Effi Briest (DDR 1968) - YouTube

Effi Briest (DDR 1968) - YouTube | The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane | Scoop.it

Interesting film version of Effi Briest made in 1968, in the DDR, with Angelica Domröse in the lead role as Effi.

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Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft

Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft | The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane | Scoop.it

Dies ist die Homepage der Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft e.V. Hier erhalten Sie Informationen zu den Aktivitäten der Gesellschaft und deren Sektionen und Freundeskreisen.

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The Dickens of Berlin

The Dickens of Berlin | The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane | Scoop.it

The German novelist Theodor Fontane (1819-1898) had the good fortune to practice fiction at a time when Germany was a newborn empire, fresh from victory in the Franco-Prussian War. Bismarckian Prussia had indeed been the driving force in the amalgamation of numerous German-speaking states into an imperial power, with the Prussian King as Emperor and the booming city of Berlin as his capital...

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Heroine Addict - What Theodor Fontane’s Women Want...

Heroine Addict - What Theodor Fontane’s Women Want... | The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane | Scoop.it

Whatever others may have thought of the novels of Theodor Fontane—and the long-standing consensus is that they are, as one critic has noted, “the most completely achieved of any written between Goethe and Thomas Mann”—Fontane himself clearly thought that they were pretty unexciting...

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Theodor Fontane – Wikipedia

Theodor Fontane – Wikipedia | The Berlin Novels of Theodor Fontane | Scoop.it

Heinrich Theodor Fontane (* 30. Dezember 1819 in Neuruppin; † 20. September 1898 in Berlin) war ein deutscher Schriftsteller und approbierter Apotheker. Er gilt als bedeutendster deutscher Vertreter des poetischen Realismus...

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