The Crises of Language and Dead Signs in Ludwig Tieck's Prose Fiction

The Crises of Language and Dead Signs in Ludwig Tieck's Prose Fiction

William Crisman


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Camden House



Critical account of the works of Ludwig Tieck, the German Romantic writer, from a linguistic viewpoint.
Although twentieth-century literary criticism has focused on language as a topic of discussion, critical evalutions of Romanticism and Romantic writers rarely deal with it in terms derived from the philosophy of language. This book evaluates the most prolific German Romanticist, Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853), from such a linguistic viewpoint, arguing that concerns in his work can be seen as forerunners of later language analysis, from speech-act theory to theories of reference. It covers Tieck's whole career, from his youth to his final novel, Vittoria Accorombona, providing a comprehensive analysis of this major author's work; it will also be of interest to those interested in the linguistic aspects of Romanticism.


January 1997
212 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571130143
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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The study builds on a solid appreciation of previous Tieck scholarship to develop an original and well-founded analysis of speech-acts, which suggest that Tieck's enquiries prefigure 20th-c. language philosophy. YEAR'S WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

Crisman's modest study of Tieck's prose fiction makes an important contribution to this Tieck renascence. SiR

Will be a milestone for the coming breakthrough of Tieck as one of the authors who deserves recognition for being able to shed light on the postmodern condition. GERMANIC NOTES AND REVIEWS

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