Hans Henny Jahnn was born in in Stellingen. When he was nineteen, he and his friend Gottfried Harms tried to run away to Iceland but were brought back. They failed again the following year. They did travel successfully to Norway, to avoid military service. Jahnn started writing and both started designing statues and furniture for their utopian town of Ugrino.

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Modernist Eroticisms pp Cite as. Hans Henny Jahnn is still an almost unknown modernist. Thus his works can still give the shock of the new that has inevitably worn off in the case of the canonized modernists. The Coronation of Richard III and Medea — are deeply problematic works, but they are so because they explore a vision of life, and in particular a conception of the erotic body, with a thoroughness and consistency that can at times appear almost demented.

In doing so, they exhibit an imaginative power that is arresting, disturbing, sometimes overwhelming. The inevitable comparison is with D. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available. Advertisement Hide. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Quoted from Thomas P. Google Scholar. Biographical information is taken from Thomas P. Freeman, Hans Henny Jahnn. Eine Biographie Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, Peter Heinegg Harmondsworth: Penguin, Heinrich Heine, Selected Prose , trans. Ritchie Robertson Harmondsworth: Penguin, , p. Uwe Schweikert Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, , p. All translations from this volume hereafter abbreviated as D are my own.

Friedmar Apel et al. XVIII, p. For this reading of Faust, see K. Yeats, The Poems , ed. Richard Finneran London: Macmillan, , p.

Victor Corti London: Calder and Boyars, , pp. Karl S. See Klaus Theweleit, Male Fantasies , trans. Stephen Conway, 2 vols Cambridge: Polity, —9. Peter Sprengel, Geschichte der deutschsprachigen Literatur — Maria M. Wandlungen einer literarischen Figur Freiburg im Breisgau: Rombach, , p.

Edward Mendelson London: Faber and Faber, , p. Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye , trans. Morris Shapira Harmondsworth: Penguin, , pp. Personalised recommendations. Cite chapter How to cite?

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Follow Us. Aristotle's Word Processor. Satire Blog. Stories: Asia. Jahnn changed his family name of Jahnn after his family and he came to blows over his homoerotic relationship with his schoolmate and later life friend, Gottlieb Harms. Lifelong pacifists unwilling to be drafted, Jahnn and his friend Harms went into their first exile in Norway in where they stayed until the end of World War I. Metzler, p.

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