Between Real and Unreal presents new insights into E. T. A. Hoffmann's innovative use of the fantastic in his short fiction, as typified primarily by the collection -Die Serapionsbruder-. With Tzvetan Todorov's structuralist theories of the fantastic as a major point of departure, Stefan Bergstrom explores the unusual nature and method of Hoffmann's colorful depictions of a fantastic world between reality and imagination. The study is devoted to an analysis of several main themes represented in Hoffmann's literary production, particularly -Die Serapionsbruder-. Dr. Bergstrom argues that there is a structural, thematic coherence in this short story collection that gives it a special character based on a conscious interaction between a realistic and imaginary world."
Between Real and Unreal
A Thematic Study of E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Die Serapionsbruder"
Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature