AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

"Always the Stranger" : Our Man in Berlin: the Story of a Voyager and a Voyeur

by Hilde Jørgensen

Institution: University of Oslo
Year: 1000
Keywords: VDP::020
Record ID: 1290324
Full text PDF: https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/34761



A very particular, literarily interpretative analysis of the Narrator figure in Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Novels, countering the hitherto overly one-sidedly biographical indulgence by critics and exploring instead the nature of the storyteller as a literary character, rather than a mirror outline of the Author, by way also of the temporality, relative emotional distance and detachment exhibited by him as considered a travelling observer, and on the backdrop of thus-related critique, including a contextual exploration of Isherwood’s Narrator amongst other travellers and critical concepts, such as Baudelaire’s flâneur, all the whilst contrasted by the tangible immersion of the intrigued arriver, and the thus-related peculiar significance of acting as a voyager/voyeur combined.