Die schwarze Spinne begins with a series of circular gestures, creating a sense of hermetic containment—a textual claustrophobia, even—as it introduces its supernatural storyline as terrifyingly real. At its core lies a corporeal curse that proves to be profoundly aesthetic in nature. A strong-willed woman named Christine dares vie with the Devil by slyly attempting to outwit him using linguistic deceit: a false oath that takes the form of a deferred promise, an indefinitely delayed Ver-sprechen. As punishment for her audacity she is first branded—marked by an invisible sign that gradually becomes perceptible in mutating, arachnid form—and then turned into a large, black, glowering spider who wreaks havoc on the local population and eventually is imprisoned in a darkened wooden window post, where she remains, invisible yet inscribed with the sign of her provenance, for over years: a monstrous, lurking, ever-present threat to modernity. This is the stuff of myth and legend, and its redaction ironically forms the basis of a nascent poetic realist aesthetic. Importantly, the text draws generative force from tales rooted in divine and diabolical deceit, and a dynamic process of inversion, of antithesis, 1 is at stake in [End Page ] their rewriting.

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Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Jeremias Gotthelf was the pseudonym of Albert Bitzius , a Protestant pastor and one of Switzerland's most prolific writers of fiction. For all the didacticism of his work, he is admired for the power of his psychological observation, the human interest of his plots and the liveliness of his narrative style.

Die Schwartze Spinne is the Novelle for which Gotthelf is most widely known. It is richly symbolic and imaginative tale with levels of meaning well beyond the simple triumph of Good over Evil. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Once you have successfully made your exam-copy request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval.

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Gotthelf: Die Schwarze Spinne

Set in an idyllic frame story , old legends are worked into a Christian-humanist allegory about ideas of good and evil. Though the novel is initially divided, what is originally the internal story, later spills over into the frame story as well. The story is characterized by its complex narrative structure, its conservative Christian motifs and symbolism, and its precise descriptions of the social dynamics of the village. The novella begins with a christening party at a farm, during the course of which a few of the guests in front of the house go for a walk. It catches the godmother 's eye that although the house is newly built, an old black post is built into it.


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