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This paper reads the concept of walking in Robert Walser's Der Spaziergang as an aggressive, militant act, analogous to the Swiss armies concurrently marching through the country. Written in Switzerland during World War I, by an author actively serving in the Swiss military, Der Spaziergang is not only pervaded with the wartime allusions that one would expect, but also reimagines everyday activities that take up space as acts of belligerent aggression. First I trace how Walser's narrator anxiously performs his usefulness through walking and show how this conception of usefulness is tied to military activities in which Walser participated. Then I illustrate how this mentality is reflected by the narrator's verbal aggression. Using de Certeau's comparison of the speech act to the act of walking, I argue that the narrator speaks to take up page space in the same way he (and the Swiss military) walk to control physical space.


Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)36–50
Nifer y tudalennau15
CyfnodolynGerman Quarterly
Rhif y cyfnodolyn1
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 23 Chwef 2016
Gweld graff cysylltiadau