Jardins, parcs et paysages dans l’œuvre de Hermann Hesse – ou Par delà nature et culture

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2020). Jardins, parcs et paysages dans l’œuvre de Hermann Hesse – ou Par delà nature et culture. Recherches germaniques(50), pp. 89-101. Presses universitaires de Strasbourg 10.4000/rg.4882

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The distinction between gardens and landscapes often seems obvious according to our Western conception: the first would belong to culture (gardens requiring systematic and visible human intervention), the second to nature (landscapes developing freely and independently of human action). Hermann Hesse, at numerous moments in his work when describing gardens and landscapes, also relies on this dialectic, which he develops by highlighting the contrasts between the closed and the open, the exotic and the familiar. Nevertheless, what seems at first glance to constitute an irreducible difference ends up being questioned by him, usually in the course of the same work: Gardens break down their enclosing fences; renounce their order and layout; and invade the domain of landscape. Landscapes, on the other hand, are presented as extensions of gardens and contain a biodiversity as rich as any garden. Gardens and landscapes are “in motion” and they not only become true palimpsests overloaded with the writings of multiple places and times, but also appear as powerful testimonies of a world that can function harmoniously only according to the principle of interconnection between human and non-human ontologies.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Fournier Kiss, Corinne


400 Language
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
700 Arts > 750 Painting
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures




Presses universitaires de Strasbourg




Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

Date Deposited:

04 Jun 2020 13:47

Last Modified:

14 Mar 2021 02:47

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Hermann Hesse, nature et culture, paysage, parc, jardin, jardin planétaire, jardin en mouvement, transaréalité, clôture et frontière





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