By Bernd Fischer
For over one hundred fifty years, Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) has been probably the most commonly learn and played German authors. His prestige within the literary canon is firmly validated, yet he has consistently been certainly one of Germany's so much contentiously mentioned authors. Today's severe debate on his distinct prose narratives and dramas is as heated as ever. Many critics regard Kleist as a lone presager of the aesthetics and philosophies of overdue 19th- and early twentieth-century modernism. but there might be absolute confidence that he responds in his works and letters to the philosophical, aesthetic, and political debates of his time. over the past thirty years, the scholarship on Kleist's paintings and lifestyles has departed from the existentialist wave of the Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties and unfolded new avenues for coming to phrases along with his strange expertise. the current quantity brings jointly crucial and leading edge of those more moderen scholarly techniques: the essays contain severely expert, up to date interpretations of Kleist's most-discussed tales and dramas. different contributions research Kleist's literary skill and types and their theoretical underpinnings. They contain articles on Kleist's narrative and theatrical approach, poetic and aesthetic conception, philosophical and political notion, and insights from new biographical examine. individuals: Jeffrey L. Sammons, Jost Hermand, Anthony Stephens, Bianca Theisen, Hinrich C. Seeba, Bernhard Greiner, Helmut J. Schneider, Tim Mehigan, Susanne Zantop, Hilda M. Brown, and Seán Allan. Bernd Fischer is Professor of German and Head of the dep. of German at Ohio nation collage.
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