Wilhelm Raabe zwischen Heldenepos und Liebesroman
"Das Odfeld" und "Hastenbeck" in der Tradition der homerisch-vergilischen Epen und der historischen Romane Walter Scotts
[Wilhelm Raabe: Between the Heroic Epic and the Love Story]
Aims and Scope
In 1898 Wilhelm Raabe proclaimed his historical narrative Hastenbeck to be the “companion piece” to his 1888 novel Odfeld: “In the wake of the Iliad from the Duchy of Braunschweig comes the Odyssey from the Duchy of Braunschweig.” By tracing how Raabe drew on the archetypes of the heroic epic (The Iliad), the love story (The Odyssey), and the historical novel (Vergil’s Aeneid as a combination of the two great Homeric epics and as precursor for Walter Scott’s Waverley), this study weaves a complex history of the German national epic as a literary genre.