Alternative Concepts of Community in the Context of the Czech-German National Conflict in Gustav Meyrink and Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer Cover Image

Alternative Gemeinschaftsentwürfe vor dem Hintergrund des tschechisch-deutschen Nationalitätenkonflikts bei Gustav Meyrink und Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer
Alternative Concepts of Community in the Context of the Czech-German National Conflict in Gustav Meyrink and Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer

Author(s): Julia Mierbach
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny
Keywords: Alternative Concepts of Community ; Czech-German National Conflict ;Gustav Meyrink ; Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with distinctive similarities in the concepts of community posited by the German nationalistic author E.G. Kolbenheyer and the fantasy author Gustav Meyrink based on shared cultural and historical paradigms. Despite the divergent ideologies and themes found in their texts, a comparative analysis with reference to the popular term “Gemeinschaft” (community), coined by the sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies, shows that both authors present the German-Czech national conflict as part of a superordinated form of “Gemeinschaft”. The social principle allows for a nuanced perspective on the process of disintegration between Germans and Czechs in Bohemia.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 23/1-2
  • Page Range: 257-286
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: German