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Suddenness and suspended moment: falling in Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea

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dc.contributor.author Allen, Colleen
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-27T23:06:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-27T23:06:10Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-27T23:06:10Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2987
dc.description.abstract In the literary works of the early nineteenth-century German writer Heinrich von Kleist there is little certainty. Kleist’s characters experience catastrophic natural and social disasters – earthquakes, revolution and war – and, as if this were not trauma enough, are subject to extreme behaviours and repeated mishaps. Characters leap from windows and break legs, stumble, faint or fall; incidents which lay bare inner psychological states that are as precarious as the external circumstances in which they find themselves. Yet into these violent events Kleist invariably interjects a suspended moment – a moment that might be considered one of intolerable exposure. Although sudden moments and momentary suspension define almost all of Kleist’s novellas and dramas, nowhere is this phenomenon so visible as in Kleist’s tragedy Penthesilea. Taking into account German critic Karl Bohrer’s concept of ‘suddenness’ (Der romantische Brief: Die Entstehung ästhetischer Subjektivität and Suddenness: On the Moment of Aesthetic Appearance), secondary literature on Kleist, scholarship on gender as well as Kleist’s biography, this project will focus on falling and suspended moment within Penthesilea, paying particular attention to vulnerability. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject suspended moment en
dc.subject falling en
dc.subject vulnerability en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Literature::German literature en
dc.title Suddenness and suspended moment: falling in Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Pollard, Matthew
dc.contributor.supervisor Thorson, Helga Mae
dc.degree.department Dept. of Germanic and Russian Studies en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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