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Heimat en errance dans les Histoires villageoises de la Forêt-Noire de Berthold Auerbach

Abstract : Heimat, in the first volume of Berthold Auerbach’s Black Forest Village Stories (1843) is rather more globalised than its traditional anchorage in the local would have us believe: the mutations of modernity have reached the village and Heimat is born of the fear of its soon-to-be disappearance. What then emerges is a wandering Heimat, a nomad Heimat, one that is delocalised or even re-localisable. This paper focuses on the mutations of the experience of Heimat through two village histories and two characters: Tolpatsch who emigrates and recreates his Swabian village overseas, discovering his German identity from abroad, at the same time as his American identity ; and Ivo, the author’s autobiographical double, who chooses the next-door village, a sign, perhaps, of an impossible Heimkehr, but also of a reinvention of Heimat, and of the self, through experiencing distance.
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Cécile Gauthier. Heimat en errance dans les Histoires villageoises de la Forêt-Noire de Berthold Auerbach. Romantisme : la revue du dix-neuvième siècle, Armand Colin, 2018, Écritures régionalistes (1800-1914) : nouvelles échelles, nouveaux enjeux critiques, 181 (3), pp.37-46. ⟨10.3917/rom.181.0037⟩. ⟨hal-02872124⟩



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