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The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Arne Höcker


This book offers a radical reassessment of the modern European literary canon. The book's reinterpretations of Goethe, Schiller, Büchner, Döblin, Musil, and Kafka show how literary and scientific narratives have determined each other over the past three centuries, and it argues that modern literature not only contributed to the development of the human sciences but also established itself as the privileged medium for a modern style of case-based reasoning. The book traces the role of narrative fiction in relation to the scientific knowledge of the individual from eighteenth-century psychology ... More

Keywords: modern literature, case-based reasoning, narrative fiction, scientific knowledge, psychological knowledge production, legal responsibility, decision-making, European literary canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749353
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arne Höcker, author
University of Colorado Boulder

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