Sabba elettrici. Corpo, mente e visione nel fantastico tedesco del primo Novecento

Alessandro Fambrini


The revival of the Schauerroman in the 1910s is marked by a mixture of
elements resulting, on one hand, from the 19th century romantic, irrational
and occultist-esoteric traditions and, on the other one, from positivistic
culture and concepts, i.e. the scientific and technological innovations
and the psychical and psychological analytical investigations at
the beginning of the century. In the works of authors like Hanns Heinz
Ewers, (1871-1943), Karl Hans Strobl (1877-1946), or the group who
edited Der Orchideengarten (1918-1921), fantastic impulses gathered
and prompted ‘deceptive’ visions of reality. The goal of such writers
was to grasp the sensation of other realms of reality where to get in
touch beyond the common perception of the world, through an enhancement
of artificial, chemical, alchemical or technological nature,
and whereby the Modern and the Premodern conflated into each other.
This contribution aims at analyzing Strobl’s 1900s and 1910s works
as well as some short stories by other authors of the same period.


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