The Hegemonies of Desire: Romance in Judith Hermann's Nichts als Gespenster (Nothing but Ghosts)
By employing the idea of the "hermeneutic circle" to examine "Nichts als Gespenster" (Nothing but Ghosts) by the critically acclaimed Berlin author Judith Hermann, I hope to bring to light the "ambient meanings" of romanticism in this ostensibly post-romantic era. At the same time, I hope to establish a literary critical and comparative connection to the German "Fruehromantics" who as romantics, nonetheless revealed an ambivalent relationship to the Enlightenment. In particular, I will to refer to Friedrich Schlegel's understanding and definition of romanticism by way of comparing and contrasting Judith Hermann's literary work.
Keywords: Hermann, Judith, Nichts als Gespenster, Romanticism, Schlegel
Dr. Steven James Joyce
Associate Professor of German, The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University-Mansfield