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Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt :measuring celebrity through the ages

Braun, Rebecca (2011) Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt :measuring celebrity through the ages. In: Emerging German-language novelists of the twenty-first century. Camden House, Rochester, N.Y., pp. 75-88. ISBN 9781571134219

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Abstract

This article analyses the spectacular success of Daniel Kehlmann's novel, Die Vermessung der Welt (2005: Measuring the World, 2007). It argues that despite the novel's apparently learned subject matter - it follows the lives of two 19th-century scientists, Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss - it draws on markedly 21st century processes of celebrity, both in respect of how the characters are presented and in terms of textual strategiesdirected towards the reader.This close textual reading is put into the context of Daniel Kehlmann's own sudden celebrification as the novel topped the bestseller lists in Germany for 35 consecutive weeks and was subsequently translated into over 40 languages.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Additional Information: CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for the volume, 2011. Published in paperback, 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Celebrity ; daniel kehlmann
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 34215
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2010 10:03
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 08:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34215

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