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Heinrich von Kleist's poetics of passivity, Steven R. Huff

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Heinrich von Kleist's poetics of passivity
Title
Heinrich von Kleist's poetics of passivity
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Steven R. Huff
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Language
eng
Summary
Controversial during his lifetime as well as among today's scholars and critics, the German dramatist and writer of novellas Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) remains an enigma. Was he a Romantic or a Classic? A conservative or a liberal? What is his status in the literary canon? Because of their enigmatic qualities, Kleist's writings have attracted the attention of critics and theorists from well beyond the narrow confines of German literary studies: comparatists, historians, philosophers, legal scholars, and even musicologists and dance historians. And outside academia his writings are as popular as ever. This book scrutinizes for the first time a key element in Kleist's thought and poetic process: his obsession with the problem of passivity. Scholars have long been attracted to the dynamic, larger-than-life characters in Kleist's fiction and drama, overlooking the fact that Kleist's works often turn on moments of stasis, as these same protagonists are suddenly and sometimes brutally rendered passive. Through a careful, historically grounded, and original investigation incorporating extensive primary research in late-Enlightenment natural philosophy and eighteenth-century medical practices, the study sheds light on these nodal points in Kleist's work, contending that these structures of passivity are so pervasive and so systematic in his work that they can justifiably and profitably be viewed as constituting a kind of poetics. Steven R. Huff is associate professor in the Department of German at Oberlin College
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Huff, Steven R
Dewey number
838/.609
Index
index present
LC call number
PT2379.Z5
LC item number
H84 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Kleist, Heinrich von
  • Passivity (Psychology) in literature
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Heinrich von Kleist's poetics of passivity, Steven R. Huff
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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CR9781571137425
Extent
1 online resource (227 pages)
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online
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9781571137425
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
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Heinrich von Kleist's poetics of passivity, Steven R. Huff
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781571137425
Extent
1 online resource (227 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571137425
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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