Wolfgang Karrer


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Posted by [email protected] on April 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (3)

a colonial practice. The plural makes the difference. A colonizer imposed on its colonies certain limitations on their national sovereignty. Great Britain, for instance, imposed a parallel consular court system on Egypt so British citizens could not be tried in Egyptian courts. The USA uses similar capitulations for countries that accept US military bases on their national territory to protect US soldiers, the base, or US business in the host country. It now seems, protection of the base incl...

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Poe Man in the Crowd

Posted by wkarrer on January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

this seems to come from E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Des Vetters Eckfenster" (1820). Notice the enigmatic man on the market, and the hypothesis of the spectator he evokes. Poe strips the frame and leaves the hypothesis unanswered. He radicalizes the late Hoffmann.

Ernesto Sábato

Posted by wkarrer on August 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

His novel Abaddon el exterminador (1974) has fascinated me since it came out. I have tried to make sense of it in a recent article in Escritores del mundo . It may be about the return of Juan Peron to Argentina. Check it out!


Posted by wkarrer on February 10, 2011 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (2)

a term used (introduced?) by W. D. Howells for distortions of realism to trigger emotions in the readers (melodrama, sentimentalism). Add surprise, suspense, epiphany, and even "magic realism" ?

Mention of  the term in:

Updike, John. Vermischte Essays. 1991.Übs. W. Winkler. Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1995.



Doubles as stalkers

Posted by wkarrer on December 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

doubles as stalkers: they meet us (Borges. El otro), follow us (Mann. Venedig), are followed by us (Poe. Wilson). They all seem of the same sex, but (see Borges notes to El libro de Arena) there are cross-gender doubles, such as male-female Borges Ulrica (meet); Breton Nadja (follow),  Capote. Miriam (are followed), Also see mystery women (who's that girl?)  the significant other in Bless me Ultima, Ligeia, De Quincey, Opium Eater (Anna). Add twins and incest:<Manfred > Ligeia...

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Poe Ligeia

Posted by wkarrer on December 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM Comments comments (0)

The story seems to me a simple transformation of "Undine" by La Motte Fouqué, itself a reworking of a common folklore type of the two wives. Poe just replaced the water spirit Undine by an astral spirit Ligeia, and adds the psychological dimension of a (possibly) deranged narrator, which undermines the fairy tale qualities preserved in "Undine."

RUNA - Buenos Aires

Posted by wkarrer on April 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)

My article on narration in Ranqel comunities has just come out (March 2010). Check it out:


Mussolini statue in Ethiopia

Posted by wkarrer on March 22, 2010 at 8:04 AM Comments comments (5)

I discovered the time and place of the erection of Mussoilini's statue in Africa a few days ago ( March 18, 2010). This will lead to a revision of my W. Stevens article above. The first installment will deal with the consequences for a political reading of the Owl's Clover sequence of 1936. This should establish Stevens's sympathies with Mussolini much more firmly than before. The next step after that would be showing Stevens's debt to Mussolini in The Noble Rider of 1940. Keep checking.

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Literary History USA - An Abstract

Posted by wkarrer on July 25, 2009 at 9:28 AM Comments comments (0)

Karrer, Wolfgang. 2008. Literaturgeschichte der USA: Ein sozialgeschichtlicher

Überblick. [Literary history of the USA: A social-history survey]. Hamburg: Verlag Dr.

Kovac, ii + 176pp., EUR 58.00. SEE: Literaturgeschichte

Keywords: literary history; social history; USA (literary history); media history; reading (history of); cultural

analysis; Bourdieu, Pierre; Williams, Raymond

This is a short...

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RIF Revista de Investigaciones Folkl?ricas

Posted by wkarrer on July 24, 2009 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)

folklore studies

in Argentina has come out with a new number. RIF.  Check it out!


> Los editores de la Revista de Investigaciones Folclóricas (RIF), fundada por la

> Dra. Martha Blache hace más de 20 años, tienen el agrado de anunciar la

>      ...

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