The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions

The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions

by Sean Allan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521495113

ISBN-13: 9780521495110

Pub. Date: 07/26/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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. Seán 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

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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. Seán 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521495110
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/26/1996
Series:
Cambridge Studies in German Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Young Kleist: 2. The quest for 'Glück'; 3. Die Familie Schroffenstein; Part II. Virtue Assailed: 4. Der zerbrochene Krug; 5. Amphitryon; Part III. Fictions of Femininity: 6. Penthesilea; 7. Das Käthchen von Heilbronn; Part IV. Kleist and the National Question: 8. Die Hermannsschlacht; 9. Prinz Friedrich von Homburg; 10. Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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