Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter by Samuel Frederick (review)

Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter by... 136 | JOURNAL OF AUSTRIAN STUDIES 47:4 in him. Th is is not to say that there were no gay subtexts in the movies of the period; indeed, Willy Forst’s fi lms oft en featured such shadings. W hile the book is an interesting read for scholars already working in the field, the author jumps to too many conclusions for it to be useful for students or scholars interested in gett ing acquainted with postwar Austrian fi lm. Joseph W. Moser Randolph- Macon College Samuel Frederick, Narratives Unsett led: Digression in Robert Walser, Th omas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stift er. Evanston il: Northwestern UP, 2012. 237 pp. Narratives Unsett led asks an important question about the relationship of di- gression to narration. Are digressions merely external or internal to the story told, or are instances of radical digression— free of plot— narratives in their own right? In the book, Samuel Frederick engages with the longstanding be- lief in the inherent interdependence, if not equivalence of narrative and plot. Frederick’s study consists of an introduction, two thematic sections of two chapters each, and a brief coda followed by an appendix that contains three short stories by Walser— “Spaziergang im Park,” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Austrian Studies University of Nebraska Press

Narratives Unsettled: Digression in Robert Walser, Thomas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stifter by Samuel Frederick (review)

Journal of Austrian Studies, Volume 47 (4) – Nov 27, 2014

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136 | JOURNAL OF AUSTRIAN STUDIES 47:4 in him. Th is is not to say that there were no gay subtexts in the movies of the period; indeed, Willy Forst’s fi lms oft en featured such shadings. W hile the book is an interesting read for scholars already working in the field, the author jumps to too many conclusions for it to be useful for students or scholars interested in gett ing acquainted with postwar Austrian fi lm. Joseph W. Moser Randolph- Macon College Samuel Frederick, Narratives Unsett led: Digression in Robert Walser, Th omas Bernhard, and Adalbert Stift er. Evanston il: Northwestern UP, 2012. 237 pp. Narratives Unsett led asks an important question about the relationship of di- gression to narration. Are digressions merely external or internal to the story told, or are instances of radical digression— free of plot— narratives in their own right? In the book, Samuel Frederick engages with the longstanding be- lief in the inherent interdependence, if not equivalence of narrative and plot. Frederick’s study consists of an introduction, two thematic sections of two chapters each, and a brief coda followed by an appendix that contains three short stories by Walser— “Spaziergang im Park,”

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