Adelbert von Chamisso Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Ampère, M. J. J. Review of Adalbert von Chamisso's Werke. The Foreign Quarterly Review XXXVI, No. LXXII (1845): 412-37.

Recounts Chamisso's life and examines selections from his best-known poems.

Bisson, L. A. "The First French Edition of Peter Schlemihl." In German Studies Presented to Professor H. G. Fiedler, M. V. O., pp. 26-32. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1938.

Anecdotal account of Chamisso's relationship to his French publisher and a potential translator.


Atkins, Stuart. "Peter Schlemihl in Relation to the Popular Novel of the Romantic Period." The Germanic Review XXI, No. 3 (October 1946): 191-208.

Examines sentimental elements in Peter Schlemihl that some critics have considered flaws in the work, to which Atkins responds by observing the satirical function of these episodes.

Koepke, Wulf. "Introduction." In Peter Schlemihl, by Adelbert von Chamisso, pp. v-xxix. Columbia, S. C: Camden House, 1993.

Summarizes Chamisso's life, assesses the relationship of Peter Schlemihl to German Romanticism, and surveys modern interpretations of the novel.

Reeve, W. C. "Die alte Waschfrau: A Nineteenth-Century Literary Motif." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies XX, No. 2 (May 1984): 95-115.

Explores representations of Chamisso's humble, wise, and self-effacing washerwoman in subsequent German literature.

Riedel, Walter. "The Lost Shadow: Henry Kreisel's and Carl Weiselberger's Use of Adelbert von Chamisso's Literary Motif." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature XIV, No. 2 (June 1987): 211-22.

Discusses the adaptation of Chamisso's theme of a lost shadow to the contexts of exile.

Zeldner, Max. "A Note on 'Schlemiel.'" The German Quarterly XXVI, No. 2 (April 1953): 115-17.

Probes the origins of the term schlemiel (or schlemihl) as an unlucky, clumsy, or simple person.