„Die sonderbaren Verkettungen des Zufalls“: E.T.A. Hoffmanns Spiel mit der Wahrscheinlichkeit in der Erzählung Spieler-Glück.

Translated title of the contribution: "The odd concatenations of chance": E. T. A. Hoffmann's play with probability in the narrative Gambler's Luck

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Abstract

This article examines the role of probability within the complex narrative structure of the story Spieler-Glück (Gambler’s Luck) by the German Romanticist E.T.A. Hoffmann. The focus is on Hoffmann’s use of the concepts of subjective and objective probability to explore the evolving possibilities and limitations of story-telling in modernity before the background of contemporary developments in the field of mathematics. The article argues that Spieler-Glück reproduces a specific type of probability calculation, challenging readers to produce their own probable interpretations. At the same time, however, the systematic use of probability to structure the narrative entails that all interpretations remain contingent and uncertain. Consequently, the story remains open-ended and self-reflexively asserts its own artificiality.
Translated title of the contribution"The odd concatenations of chance": E. T. A. Hoffmann's play with probability in the narrative Gambler's Luck
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)312-332
Number of pages21
JournalSeminar: a journal of Germanic studies
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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