"Ehre, Ehre, Ehre" : Zu einem deutsch-japanischen Thema bei Mori Ōgai und Theodor Fontane

Uerlings, Herbert GND

The 1890s saw the birth of two key literary works in Japan and Germany: Mori Ōgai’s Mahime and Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest. Both confront as their central theme an old order in deep crisis in a mix of spiritual, cultural and social critique. This contribution shows that – despite all the cultural differences between the two countries – this crisis has a common core: the disintegration of the supporting pillar of society, as represented by the masochism of honor.