Hoffmann, E.T.A. / Vormbaum, Thomas / Niehaus, Michael
Ein Mährchen in sieben Abentheuern zweier Freunde. 1822.
[Master Flea: A Fairy-Tale in Seven Adventures of Two Friends, 1822]
Series:Juristische Zeitgeschichte / Abteilung 6 50
Aims and Scope
Meister Floh is E.T.A. Hoffman’s last work, only available for nearly a century in abbreviated form. It is the censored portions that especially illustrate the problematic nature of certain aspects of penal law that have persisted to this day. Contemporary legal historians and literary scholars both question whether these passages were integral parts of the whole or dispensable set pieces – yet each discipline also proposes questions of its own.