International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur
Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian
2 Issues per year
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.100
“Transzendental heimatlos”. Zum kultur- und sozialgeschichtlichen Ort literarischer Hotels in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts
Hotels were a favorite setting in early twentieth-century German prose. Drawing on theories by sociologists Georg Simmel, Thorstein Veblen, and Siegfried Kracauer, the paper sketches the sociocultural conditions under which hotels became a meeting place for a growing segment of society. As a symbol of life’s commercialization and the increasing anonymity of social communication, the hotel emerges as a setting par excellence to observe and study in fiction the relationship between individual and society. In texts by the modernist writers Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Werfel, and Stefan Zweig the semi-anonymous space of the hotel has a special impact on female characters.