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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Eine Art Geistesanwesenheit anderen Orts" - Zur Passion von Felicitas Hoppe
"A kind of presence of mind from a different place." Regarding Felicitas Hoppe's passion
In the context of what is intended to define or represent contemporary literature, Hoppe has developed firm views: not literature which arises in the present, but the one that has significance for the present, qualifies as literature of the present day. Terms such as timelessness and literature of the past belong as much to the vocabulary of Hoppe's definition of the present as do presence of mind and time shifts. Hoppe enjoys playing with the concepts of time, history and literature periods, moulding and shifting these according to her own understanding. Often she delves into a Romanticism that must be viewed in an extended sense of "romantic". Also the aspect of intertextuality has been noted by many critics and is even addressed by Hoppe herself. To what extent Hoppe draws from the Romantic Period and - despite the rejection of any poetological stipulations - even allows herself to cultivate a romantic longing which is clearly rooted in the period, shall be the focus of this article.
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