Multiple pseudonymities: The affinity by choice between kurt tucholsky and kaspar hauser

Birgit BUNZEL LINDER*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935) was a prolific writer in a variety of genres, some have charged him with melancholy ineffectiveness in combating the force of National Socialism during the Weimar Republic. Others saw in Tucholsky an outspoken prophet of his time. Beyond the political debate about the role of a writer, Tucholsky's identification with the legendary Kaspar Hauser figure reveals an alienated Lebensgefühl that shaped a powerful relationship between literature and life. This fictional kinship between Tucholsky and Häuser sheds light on the complexity of Weimar and stands for a witty yet solemn call for a spirit of common and inclusive humanity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-68
Number of pages24
JournalGerman Studies Review
Volume34
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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