Naufragare per giardini
Straniamento e spaesamento nell’Isola Felsenburg di Johann Gottfried Schnabel
A Shipwreck in the Garden
Estrangement and Confusion in Utopic Landscape in Johann Gottfried Schnabel’s Isle Felsenburg
This essay analyses the description of the garden in the first volume of Isle Felsenburg (1731), a utopian novel by Johann Gottfried Schnabel. The paper aims to underline the central role of both ‘wonder’ and ‘estrangement’ in creating a utopian landscape by focusing on the garden of Albert Julius, patriarch of the community. While the beauty of the garden astonishes the narrator, it also results in estrangement, as it drives the reader away from the present into the creatural past of humankind, a lost Eden. Such estrangement is a form of displacement: the subject is incapable of finding its own place in nature.
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