Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2018

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM/MA)

Degree Type



Heinrich Eduard Jacob´s novel Blut und Zelluloid was published in 1929 and therefore mostly reviewed as a critical artwork regarding European film-propaganda before the outbreak of the Second World War. This thesis provides the interested scholar with a different approach: It discusses Jacob´s media-philosophical method to simulate the upcoming medium film in literature. With his implicitly and explicitly organized systems of diverse media, he circumvents constraints of the Paragone-discourse and offers a well-balanced literary construction.

Jacob´s method is compared with Pinthus´ Kinobuch and Pirandello´s Shoot!, while Simmel and Benjamin provide the thesis with a fundament to support Jacob´s theoretical approach. Finally, those comparisons and the close examination of Blut und Zelluloid prove that Jacob´s experimental method is worth to be known as an original contribution to the creative literature of the Weimarer Republik.


German (de)

Chair and Committee

Prof. Kurt Beals

Committee Members

Prof. Erin McGlothlin, Prof. Paul Michael Lützeler


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