The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions by Seán AllanThe Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions by Seán Allan

The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and Illusions

bySeán AllanEditorH. B. Nisbet

Paperback | March 20, 2006

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This is a new and accessible study of the plays of Kleist (1777-1811), an important and much-studied author whose work has been highly influential in contemporary German writing. Seán Allan examines Kleist's critique of the aspirations of both Enlightenment and Romantic metaphysics, and offers resolutions of a number of long-running controversies in Kleist criticism. The book contains summaries of the state of research on all the plays. All quotations are given in both German and English, and full references are given to published English translations of Kleist's works as well as to the German originals.
Title:The Plays of Heinrich von Kleist: Ideals and IllusionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:March 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521025044

ISBN - 13:9780521025041


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Young Kleist: 2. The quest for 'Glück'; 3. Die Familie Schroffenstein; Part II. Virtue Assailed: 4. Der zerbrochene Krug; 5. Amphitryon; Part III. Fictions of Femininity: 6. Penthesilea; 7. Das Käthchen von Heilbronn; Part IV. Kleist and the National Question: 8. Die Hermannsschlacht; 9. Prinz Friedrich von Homburg; 10. Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...this book offers a very readable and thought-provoking introduction to the versatility of Kleist's dramatic genius and his oppositional stance within the idealist frameworks of his time." Bernd Fischer, Modern Philology