Understanding Isak Dinesen

Understanding Isak Dinesen

by Susan C. Brantly
     
 

Brantly addresses the ambiguous qualities of Dinesen's life and literature that have caused critics to disagree on fundamental points of interpretation, examines her tics to English Gothic, German Romanticism, and other nineteenth-century trends, and considers her work within the contexts of modernism and postmodernism. With close readings of Seven Gothic Tales, Out… See more details below

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Brantly addresses the ambiguous qualities of Dinesen's life and literature that have caused critics to disagree on fundamental points of interpretation, examines her tics to English Gothic, German Romanticism, and other nineteenth-century trends, and considers her work within the contexts of modernism and postmodernism. With close readings of Seven Gothic Tales, Out of Africa. Shadows on the Grass, Winter's Tales, Last Tales, Anecdotes of Destiny, and Ehrengard, Brantly explores the clues, details, and subplots in texts that critics often describe as puzzles and labyrinths. Brantly reveals the thought and care that Dinesen devoted to the construction of her stories, her expansive knowledge of world literature, and the great pleasure awaiting readers as they unravel the mysteries embedded in her texts.

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Puzzles, labyrinths, three-dimensional spaces, multilayered texts embedded with new clues discovered in each reading, and sometimes even blank pages where the narrator falls silent, subvert the very notion of a definitive reading of Dineson's (1885-1962) texts. Nevertheless, says Brantly (Scandinavian literature, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) there are hints, clues, allusions, and hidden meaning in the text that help readers understand them better. She assumes readers have read the texts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570034282
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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