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Epic and Exile: Novels of the German Popular Front, 1933-1945
by Hunter Bivens
Northwestern University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-0-8101-3149-1 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3148-4
Library of Congress Classification PT749.A56B58 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 833.912099206914

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The antifascist exile beginning in 1933 led to a cooling among the émigrés of the artistic and literary modernist experiments of the Weimar Republic and to a return to realism and the traditional novel form. Epic and Exile examines the Popular Front– oriented cultural initiatives of the 1930s less in terms of their political strategy than in their function as a cultural and literary program for the exiles, implying a specific relationship to questions of artistic form, historical conceptions, and indeed the political as such. A popular front aesthetics is, Bivens argues, realist and modernist at once, and, in its focus on the opacities and contradictions of everyday life as a historical formation, it is particularly concerned with problems of the epic form.

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