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<i>Fernweh</i>, Travel, and the Re-enchantment of the World in Hofmannsthal, Dauthendey, and Hesse

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Exotic Spaces in German Modernism

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604128
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729362 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0002

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Fernweh, Travel, and the Re-enchantment of the World in Hofmannsthal, Dauthendey, and Hesse

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The relevance of atmosphere to the evocation of exotic spaces is outlined with reference to theories of spatial experience, such as by Georg Simmel, and in Hofmannsthal’s travel writings, in the novel Andreas, and in Die Briefe des Zurückgekehrtens. The notions of Fernweh and Heimweh (longing for far-away places and homesickness, respectively) are shown to be evoked in writers’ critical response to the experience of European modernity. The disenchantment of the modern world as defined by Max Weber is shown to describe the situation to which the writings of Max Dauthendey offer alternative. Enchantment and re-enchantment, which suggest critical distance from the modern European experience, describe the possibilities of exotic experience in Dauthendey and in Herman Hesse’s travel writing in India, Aus Indien.

Keywords: atmosphere; exotic; travel writing; Hugo von Hofmannsthal; Max Dauthendey; Herman Hesse; disenchantment; Fernweh; Heimweh

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Subjects: Literature

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