The Legends of Gertrud von Le Fort: Text and Audience

The Legends of Gertrud von Le Fort: Text and Audience

by Margaret Klopfle Devinney
     
 

This study of the legends of Gertrud von Le Fort investigates her reputation among literary critics as well as her application of a singular personal artistic philosophy, leading to an explanation for her idiosyncratic writing style. As a writer who continually evidences intention to control interpretation and audience in ways more radical than one normally finds,

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This study of the legends of Gertrud von Le Fort investigates her reputation among literary critics as well as her application of a singular personal artistic philosophy, leading to an explanation for her idiosyncratic writing style. As a writer who continually evidences intention to control interpretation and audience in ways more radical than one normally finds, Le Fort provides a good starting point for studying the problem of textuality, particularly the question of the role of the reader.

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«Devinney's application of the reader-response theory is highly innovative; her book represents both a new assessment of Le Fort's work and a most stimulating account of narrative strategies in modern religious literature.» (Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania)
«The book presents a carefully documented analysis of Le Fort's development as writer. It offers completely new insights into Le Fort's search for a suitable genre, her adaptation of the traditional legend, and the unique structure of her works. Devinney's study not only gives a new interpretation of Le Fort's works but also raises important questions concerning reader reception theories.» (Horst S. Daemmrich, University of Pennsylvania)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820407197
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Series:
Studies in Modern German Literature Series, #27
Pages:
223

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