Julius Overhoff (1898-1977). Un écrivain témoin de son temps : le Monde avec Gengis Khan comme roman historique de la guerre froide

Abstract : Born in Vienna in 1898, Julius Overhoff wrote a dozen monographs - historical novels, travel accounts, collections of poems, an epistolary novel, an autobiographical essay and a collection of short stories. His oeuvre spans the period from pre-World War I to the 1980?s, when three of his books were published posthumously. Besides his literary activities, Julius Overhoff occupied senior positions in the German chemical industry, which led him to travel all over the world. This doctoral thesis shows that Overhoff?s awareness of the problems of his time is reflected in his writings. An analysis of the historical novel ?Die Welt mit Dschingiz-Chan?, published in 1959, illustrates Overhoff?s intentions. After a presentation of Overhoff?s life and work, this thesis recounts the circumstances in which the author?s work was written and published. It then analyses Overhoff?s historical views, which led him to write this novel set in the 13th Century but aiming at showing Europe?s situation in the second half of the 20th Century and offering possible solutions for it to regain its former position in the world. The different scenes of the novel are analysed from this perspective. The thesis then looks at the techniques used by the author to reach his aim and finishes with an analysis of the book?s reception.
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Isabelle Dalaudiere. Julius Overhoff (1898-1977). Un écrivain témoin de son temps : le Monde avec Gengis Khan comme roman historique de la guerre froide. Littératures. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 2008. Français. ⟨NNT : 2008METZ011L⟩. ⟨tel-01752574⟩

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