Erfolg

The 9th Conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society (Lion Feuchtwanger und München: Der junge Feuchtwanger—Dramatiker, Theaterkritiker, früher Romanautor) was held in Munich from 17th-20th October 2019. The conference was covered by the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 21st October 2019 and in a follow-up article.

Conference papers in English included ‘Das Buch Bayern’: The Portrayal of Antisemitism and the ‘Wahrhaft Deutschen’ in Erfolg (and accompanying image set). The paper points out that between 1920 and 1933 Lion Feuchtwanger published four works—one satirical short story and three novels—in which he addressed the subject of antisemitism in Germany. In the third of these works, Erfolg (1930), he exposed antisemitism in Bavarian politics and society in the early 1920s, satirized Hitler and the emerging Nazi Party, and drew attention to the increasing politicization of Bavaria’s judicial system.

The paper also explains how the novel’s publication affected immediate family members at the time: although it helped garner Lion Feuchtwanger a Nobel Prize for Literature nomination in 1930, it put him and family members in the crosshairs of the Nazi press.

Other conference papers also covered Erfolg. Adam Seipp (Texas A&M) discussed the novel in the context of post-WW1 social unrest in Munich, in a paper entitled ‘”Still Burning for Revenge and Battle”: Erfolg and the Politics of Cultural Demobilization in Munich’. And Franziska Wolf (Birmingham, UK) drew attention to Freudian elements in characters in the novel with a paper entitled ‘Bayern auf der Couch: Lion Feuchtwangers Erfolg psychoanalytisch gelesen’.

The papers delivered at IFS 2019 will be published in the forthcoming volume of Feuchtwanger Studies (Bern: Peter Lang, forthcoming in 2022).

— Of the abundant secondary literature on Erfolg, a recent article in English is by International Feuchtwanger Society President and bestselling novelist Tanja Kinkel: ‘What about Lion Feuchtwanger? A Reader’s Tale’, in: Against the Eternal Yesterday, Essays Commemorating the Legacy of Lion Feuchtwanger, (Los Angeles: USC Libraries/Figueroa Press, 2009), 92-97.

IFS 2019 conference program

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