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Humanities 2018, 7(1), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7010016

Out of Time, Out of Space, Out of Species: Deictic Displacement of the Exiled Self in Hans Sahl’s “Der Maulwurf” (The Mole)

Institute for German Language and Literature, Universität Hamburg, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 1 February 2018 / Accepted: 2 February 2018 / Published: 8 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Narratology)
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In Hans Sahl’s poem “Der Maulwurf” (The Mole), only the title gives an indication about the speaker’s species affiliation. The speaker of the poem suggests that he was transformed from a human into an animal. This metamorphosis is not only physical, but also seems to have had an impact on the position of the speaker regarding his position in time and space. In this article, I analyze temporal, spatial, and physiological changes in the poem, and I argue that they are indicative of a theme of displacement that is embodied in animal existence in the text. Specifically, these shifts construct an exiled lyric identity whose transformation from human to animal creates an experience of displacement on every pane of existence. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal narration; Hans Sahl; lyric poetry; mole; space; time; species; metamorphosis; transformation; exile animal narration; Hans Sahl; lyric poetry; mole; space; time; species; metamorphosis; transformation; exile
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Swiderski, C. Out of Time, Out of Space, Out of Species: Deictic Displacement of the Exiled Self in Hans Sahl’s “Der Maulwurf” (The Mole). Humanities 2018, 7, 16.

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