Kleist’s female leading characters and the subversion of idealist discourse

Kleist’s female leading characters and the subversion of idealist discourse

PT2379

2004-018812

0-8204-7486-X

Kleist’s female leading characters and the subversion of idealist discourse.

McAllister, Grant Profant. (Studies on themes and motifs in literature; v.75)

Peter Lang Publishing Inc, [c]2005

210 p.

$64.95

McAllister (German, Wake Forest U., North Carolina) argues that German writer Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) constructed a literary world of ambiguity and uncertainty in which gender absolutes are as rare as truth and self-certainty. He analyzes four texts and their leading female characters to show the relationship between Kleist’s theory of feminine representation and Idealist discourse within the context of Kantian aesthetics. The characters, he concludes, employ an act of subjugation to manipulate and subvert Idealist discourse, particularly the figure of representation that grounds that discourse.

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