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- DescriptionThis study of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) examines the poet s understanding of the malleable nature of identity, while addressing the question of Rilke s place in literary history. In line with contemporary literary theory which views the -self- as a societal -construction- and strategic narrative device, this study explores Rilke s preoccupations with identity in his work, as he investigates the disintegration of the subjective self in the modern world. Rilke s re-readings of the mythological figures of Orpheus and Narcissus in modern psychological terms, as well as in terms of traditional poetics, are keys t only to his poetics and his changing understanding of -self-, but also to his evolving critique of society. This study tracks how Rilke s Orphic work disengages traditional patterns of perceptions, t only to challenge fidelity to history, but also to recover the power of traditional elements from that history to help articulate subjectivity in new terms.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Erika M. Nelson is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas, where she teaches German language, literature, and culture courses. Her current research explores German spa culture, film, and the literary influences of Liquid Sound.
- Author(s)Erika M. Nelson
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/03/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Modern German and Austrian Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number101
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight390 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine0 mm
- Edited byPeter D. G. Brown
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