Date of Award

Summer 8-15-2015

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



This dissertation demonstrates how formal features of works by Wilhelm Raabe, Theodor Storm, and Wilhelm Jensen come to embody the dynamics of the literary field in late nineteenth-century Imperial Germany. Narratological investigations of narrative modes, characterization, narrative desire, narrative empathy, and Theory of Mind reveal the texts as sites at which the very notion of a dynamic and increasingly internationalized, industrialized, and pluralized literary market can be read. Bringing together insights from (cognitive) narrative theory and media studies, the dissertation offers new readings of canonical and popular texts and situates them in the broader context of literary production as influenced by the industrialization and modernization of the printing press, the expansion of literary magazine and book publication cultures, and changing and expanding reading cultures.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Lynne Tatlock

Committee Members

Matt Erlin, Pascal Ifri, Paul M Lützeler, Erin McGlothlin


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