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Das Café als literarischer Ort
“Café” – a literary place

Author(s): Elke Mehnert
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Slovanský ústav and Euroslavica

Summary/Abstract: The coffeehouse as a meeting-point of generations and genders is first of all present in the central European culture. It is a literary place in a double meaning: on the one hand it is a popular where about of artists, who find there a place for folksiness as well as for writing. On the other hand coffeehouses are often the setting in literary texts respectively text passages. In the first part examples for both are mentioned. In the second part Anna SEGHERS’s anecdote Die Reisebegegnung is contemplated under an imagologic aspect. GOGOL, E. T. A HOFFMANN and KAFKA meet in a coffeehouse in Prague. In this context similarities (in aesthetic) and differences (in way of life, reflection of reality and solving problems) become clear, which constitute imagotypical elements of literary pictures of countries/peoples.

  • Issue Year: XXI/2010
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 123-134
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: German