Writing Styles Of Poe And Hoffman



All writers have different styles of getting their point across. In particular some like to use the art of the grotesque. E.T.A Hoffman is a perfect example of this type of writing. Hoffman was and still is probably one of the most renowned grotesque writers who ever lived. Wolfgang Kayser makes some interesting points about Hoffman and the grotesque style of writing in general. Though many points were made, I have chosen the three that best relate to more familiar sources in literature and film as well.
The fact that this critical analysis of E.T.A Hoffman mainly focuses on his mastery of composing grotesque scenes, I feel that it would be necessary to first define the term ...

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thins happens frequently. During the course of the story or movie, the writer does an exceptional job of terrifying the viewer or reader and then concludes the piece with a sort of an upsetting ending. This can be found in many of today’s horror movies. A good example would be “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” In this film, the writer takes a regular fisherman and turns him into a monster. Giving him features like being six feet tall, four feet wide wearing a big coat, a big hat that covers his face and a large hook in his hand would make any viewer fear a fisherman at that time. However, at the end he turns out to be a skinny wimp who is nothing without his weapon. Though it may seem ridiculous to use this as an example, I find it to be a good example. Basically, what happens in all of these movies is that the beginning is very real and the end turns into a fairy tale.
“Hoffman likes to present grotesque scenes in the form of dream experiences.”(Kayser 72) This is ...

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is a bit vague to me and I was not quite able to understand what exactly he was getting at on page 72 when he says:

The question as to whether the grotesque itself
can furnish the structural basis for a more
extended work of literature…whether it can appear
within a larger context having a greater affinity
to it than the didactic story or even satire…

With this point Kayser makes reference to “The Sandman,” which I would make reference to as well because it was a reading assignment. I would not know what other story or movie to relate this to. My only attempt at interpreting the point Kayser is trying to discuss is the question of the expandability of some of Hoffman’s works ...

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