Stefan Zweigs Fouché: biographische Bildnisse einer ‚Hintergrundgestalt‘

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The intriguing personality of Joseph Fouché stands at the center of Stefan Zweig’s 1929 eponymous biography and makes a brief, but crucial appearance in his play Das Lamm des Armen (1930). This article examines how biography can be considered as a liminal and hybrid genre at the crossroads of literature and historiography. It discusses how Zweig’s biography of Fouché positions itself towards both discourses while presenting a careful psychological analysis of the protagonist as a political Machiavellian mastermind. Through the analysis of various paratexts, this contribution shows how Zweig invites the reader to connect his psychological analysis with contemporary European politics since 1918.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)d1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • austrian literature
  • biography
  • stefan zweig
  • joseph fouché
  • literature
  • historiography

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