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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

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“Transzendental heimatlos”. Zum kultur- und sozialgeschichtlichen Ort literarischer Hotels in der deutschsprachigen Literatur des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts

Bettina Matthias
Published Online: 2005-08-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.2005.40.1.117


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.

Published Online: 2005-08-11

Published in Print: 2005-07-20

Citation Information: Arcadia. Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 117–138, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.2005.40.1.117, August 2005

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