Heinrich von Kleist and Modernity

Heinrich von Kleist and Modernity

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Overview

Modernity, according to some views, poses the problem of homo politicus — the problem of how to act in a moral universe without a "master narrative," without a final foundation. From this angle, the oeuvre of Heinrich von Kleist — novellas, dramas, and essays — addresses problems emerging from a new universe of Kantian provenance, in many ways the same universe we inhabit today. This volume of new essays investigates Kleist's position in our ever-changing conception of modernity, employing aesthetic, narrative, philosophical, biographical, political, economic, anthropological, psychological, and cultural approaches and wrestling with the difficulties of historicizing Kleist's life and work. Central questions are: To what extent can the multitude of breaking points and turning points, endgames and pre-games, ruptures and departures that permeate Kleist's work and biography be conceptually bundled together and linked to the emerging paradigm of modernity? And to what extent does such an approach to Kleist not only advance understanding of this major German writer and his work, but also shed light on the nature of our present modernity? Contributors: Seán Allan, Peter Barton, Hilda Meldrum Brown, David Chisholm, Andreas Gailus, Bernhard Greiner, Jeffrey L. High, Anette Horn, Peter Horn, Wolf Kittler, Jonathan W. Marshall, Christian Moser, Dorothea von Mücke, Nancy Nobile, David Pan, Ricarda Schmidt, Helmut J. Schneider. Bernd Fischer is Professor of German at the Ohio State University. Tim Mehigan is Professor of German in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571135063
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #111
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Professor and Chair of German, Ohio State University.

Tim Mehigan is professor of German and head of the Department of German and Russian at the University of Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Tim Mehigan Bernd Fischer 1

I The Plays

1 Zu Ende schreiben: Ultimative Strategien im Schaffen Kleists Bernhard Greiner 11

2 "Sein Nahen ist ein Wehen aus der Ferne": Ottokar's Leap in: Die Familie Schroffenstein Nancy Nobile 23

3 The Fragmented Picture and Kleist's: Zerbrochner Krug Dorothea von Mücke 41

4 "So glaubst du jetzt, daß ich dir Wahrheit gab?" Gender, Power and the Performance of Justice in Kleist's Der zerbrochne Krug Seán Allan 55

5 Recht als Krieg: Moderne Staatlichkeit und die Aporien legalistischer Herrschaft bei Heinrich von Kleist Christian Moser 71

6 Representing the Nation in Heinrich von Kleist's Prinz Friedrich von Homburg David Pan 93

7 Herrschaftsgenealogie und Staatsgemeinschaft: Zu Kleists Dramaturgie der Moderne im Prinzen von Homburg Helmut J. Schneider 113

8 Changing Perceptions of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century German Theater from Goethe to Wagner, with Reference to Kleist's Prinz Friedrich von Homburg Hilda Meldrum Brown 131

9 Weiblicher Sadismus, Wutwelt des Liebes-Urwalds, Geschlechtskampf, absolutes Gefühl: Die Penthesilea-Rezeption in der Moderne Ricarda Schmidt 145

10 Prosodic and Dramatic Tension in the Blank-Verse Dramas of Heinrich von Kleist David Chisholm 167

II The Stories and Essays

11 Crisis, Denial, and Outrage: Kleist (Schiller, Kant) and the Path to the German Novella(s) of Modernity Jeffrey L. High 187

12 Das Gespenst der Armut: "Das Bettelweib von Locarno"-Zwischen traditioneller christlicher, kantisch aufgeklärter und moderner marxistischer Auffassung Peter Horn 205

13 The Problem of Knowledge and the Discourse of the Hysteric: Exploring a Lacanian Interpretation of "Die Marquise von O..." Peter Barton 217

14 Religion nach der Aufklärung: Die heilige Cäcilie - Identität, Religion und Moderne Anette Horn Andreas Gailus 233

15 Breaking Skulls: Kleist, Hegel, and the Force of Assertion 243

16 Kleist's "Übermarionette" and Schrenck-Notzing's "Traumtänzerin": Nervous Mechanics and Hypnotic Performance under Modernism Jonathan W. Marshall 257

17 Falling after the Fall: The Analysis of the Infinite in Kleist's Marionette Theater Wolf Kittler 279

Notes on the Contributors 295

Index 299

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