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The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions
     

The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions

by H. B. Nisbet (Editor), Se N. Allan, Sean Allan
 
This is a new and accessible study of the plays of Kleist (1777-1811), an important and much-studied author whose work has been highly influential in contemporary German writing. Se'an Allan examines Kleist's critique of the aspirations of both Enlightenment and Romantic metaphysics, and offers resolutions of a number of long-running controversies in Kleist criticism.

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This is a new and accessible study of the plays of Kleist (1777-1811), an important and much-studied author whose work has been highly influential in contemporary German writing. Se'an Allan examines Kleist's critique of the aspirations of both Enlightenment and Romantic metaphysics, and offers resolutions of a number of long-running controversies in Kleist criticism. The book contains summaries of the state of research on all the plays. All quotations are given in both German and English, and full references are given to published English translations of Kleist's works as well as to the German originals.

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"...a comprehensive and reliable guide to Kleist's plays and to recent scholarly discussion of them. His command of the texts and Kleist's correspondence and critical writings is complete and his perspective balanced....An important source for all students, from undergraduates with no knowledge of German to graduate students and other scholars." Choice

"The introduction contains a valuable summary of the current state of research. Also included are a useful chronology of Kleist's life and works, as well as an index of works and names that excludes proper names from Kleist's works themselves. The thorough bibliography will be of help to scholars in the area. The general reading public will find the book a well written, readable introduction to the plays of Kleist." Philip Mellen, Germanic Notes and Reviews

"Seán Allan's book will serve as an introduction to Heinrich von Kleist and his plays." Marjorie Gelus, Monatshefte

"...this book offers a very readable and thought-provoking introduction to the versatility of Kleist's dramatic genius and his oppositional stance within the idealist frameworks of his time." Bernd Fischer, Modern Philology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025041
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in German Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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