Heinrich von Kleist
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372 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Imprint: Camden House

Heinrich von Kleist

Literary and Philosophical Paradigms

Edited by Jeffrey L. High, Rebecca Stewart and Elaine Chen

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Volume of new essays investigating Kleist's influences and sources both literary and philosophical, their role as paradigms, and the ways in which he responded to and often shattered them.
Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) was a rebel who upset canonization by employing his predecessors and contemporaries as what Steven Howe calls "inspirational foils." It was precisely a keen awareness of literary and philosophical traditions that allowed Kleist to shatter prevailing paradigms. Though little is known about what specifically Kleist read, the frequent allusions in his enduringly modern oeuvre indicate fruitful dialogues with both canonical and marginal works of European literature, spanning antiquity (The Old Testament, Sophocles), the Early Modern Period (Shakespeare, De Zayas), the late Enlightenment (Wieland, Goethe, Schiller), and the first eleven years of the nineteenth century (Mereau, Brentano, Collin). Kleist's works also evidence encounters with his philosophical precursors and contemporaries, including the ancient Greeks (Aristotle) and representatives of all phases of Enlightenment thought (Montesquieu, Rousseau, Ferguson, Spalding, Fichte, Kant, Hegel), economic theories (Smith, Kraus), and developments in anthropology, sociology, and law. This volume of new essays sheds light on Kleist's relationship to his literary and philosophical influences and on their function as paradigms to which his writings respond.
Foreword: A Note on Kleist in American Art, Film, and Literature - Paul Michael Lützeler

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Kleist's Literary and Philosophical Paradigms = Jeffrey L. High, Rebecca Stewart, and Elaine Chen

Part I. Kleist's Literary Paradigms

In the Beginning: Kleist, Genesis, Kafka, and the Pursuit of Epistemological Salvation - Gail K. Hart

Just Violence? War, Law, and Politics in Kleist's Die Herrmannsschlacht and Shakespeare's Henry V - Steven Howe

The Mereau-Brentano Translations of María de Zayas's "Spanish Novellas" and Kleist's Prose Works - Jeffrey L. High and Lisa Beesley

The Old and the New: Christoph Martin Wieland and Kleist on Parteigeist - John A. McCarthy

Receptions, Homages, and Anti-Occupational Allegories of Autonomy: The Case of Schiller's Bohemian Cup and Kleist's Broken Jug - Jeffrey L. High and Elaine Chen

Anti-Napoleonic Rage and the Hope for a Better Future: Collin between Schiller and Kleist - Rebecca Stewart

Part II: Kleist's Philosophical Paradigms

Fiat claritas et pereat opus: Equity and the Limits of Rectification in Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas - John T. Hamilton

Kleist, Johann Joachim Spalding and the Bestimmung des Menschen: Philosophy as a Way of Life? - Laura Anna Macor

War Games: Kleist, Adam Ferguson, and the Cultural Poetics of Play - Christian Moser

Economic Concepts and Authorial Self-Design in Heinrich von Kleist's Letters - Johannes Endres

Gender and the Politics of Recognition in Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right and Kleist's Amphitryon - Bernd Fischer

Kleist and Haiti - With and Beyond Hegel - Katrin Pahl

Notes on the Contributors

Index

JEFFREY L. HIGH is Professor and Section Chair of German Studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

REBECCA STEWART received her M.A. in German Studies at CSULB and is pursuing her doctoral studies as an Ashford Fellow in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

ELAINE CHEN received a B.A. and M.A. in German Studies from CSULB and is now a Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

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Title Details

372 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Imprint: Camden House