Bastian Strinz

«The Harmless Self-observer». Beyond Good and Evil as Poetological Model for Robert Walser's Early Prose Pieces

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Keywords: Poetology; Robert Walser; Friedrich Nietzsche; Self-Referentiality; Subject-Critic.

The present essay examines the poetological characteristics of the prose piece "Von einem Dichter" from 1901 by the Swiss writer Robert Walser, which are significantly similar to one or more peculiarities of Nietzsche's poetology in "Beyond Good and Evil". The philosophical interpretative perspective of the self-referential narrator instances found in the two works mentioned, the metaleptic narrative method and the postponement of definitions of meaning open up a new reading of subject criticism in Walser's early prose pieces.

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