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- DescriptionHeinrich von Kleist's problematic relationship with the philosophy and the aesthetics of idealism informs his parodic, rebellious, and destructive oeuvre. This book focuses on this relationship and examines Kleist's female leading characters and their role as amorphous ciphers for his own subversive aesthetic theory. Through parody these characters call into question idealist philosophy regarding truth, kwledge, and gender, and offer a theory of aesthetic representation that replaces traditional binary oppositions with pluralities and nclosure. Nietzsche may have opened the door to postmodernism; however, Kleist unlocked it with four cunning female voices. This is the first book in Kleist scholarship to focus solely on Kleist's female leading figures and their symbolic role as both character and literary theory - a theory anticipating Derridean deconstruction.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Grant Profant McAllister, Jr. is Assistant Professor of German at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He holds a doctorate in German literature from the University of Utah. His research interests are eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German literature, literary theory, and questions of subjectivity and gender.
- Author(s)Grant Profant McAllister
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/05/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies on Themes and Motifs in Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number75
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight450 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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