Wilhelm Jensen

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Wilhelm Jensen
BirthplaceHeiligenhafen, Holstein, German Confederation
writer, poet
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Jensen, Wilhelm


Born Feb. 15, 1837, in Heiligenhafen, Schleswig-Holstein; died Nov. 24, 1911, in Munich. German writer.

Jensen was the son of a bureaucrat. He studied medicine, history, and philosophy at the universities of Breslau and Munich. His lyric poetry is imbued with an elegiac mood (the collection Verses, 1869). Jensen is the author of realistic novels and short stories based on contemporary themes, such as Dark Erika (1868) and From an Old Family (1884). His most interesting novels are Around the Imperial Throne (1878) and Lost Worlds (1882). Jensen’s later works contain elements of fantasy (the novel Gradiva, 1903; Russian translation, 1912).


Ausgewählte Gedichte. Leipzig, 1912.


Schorn, K. W. Jensen, der Mensch, seine Weltanschauung und seineKunst. Bonn [1924]. (Dissertation.)
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En el ano 1901, Wilhelm Jensen publica una novela que pasa a la historia gracias al reconocimiento posterior que le otorga Freud en un texto publicado unos anos despues, en 1907, (3) y que recoge el original sumandole ademas algunos comentarios.
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Caruth analyzes the writings of Honore de Balzac, Hannah Arendt, Ariel Dorfman, Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida to consider the question of what it means for history to disappear.
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As this body becomes an almost physical reality and as the narrator presents memories of her mother, dead father, mythology, and fairy tales, Cixous takes the reader through a textual journey with stops at Gradiva (Wilhelm Jensen), "Delusion and Dream" (Sigmund Freud), and "Earthquake in Chile" (Heinrich Kleist).
Freud's reading of Wilhelm Jensen's novella Gradiva demonstrates a further paradigm of textual, lingual control over desire, and its ultimate fixation in and as an image.