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Heinrich von Kleist: The Ambiguity of Art and the Necessity of Form

Hilda Meldrum Brown


This book presents an integrated approach to the literary and non-literary writings of the major German author, Heinrich von Kleist. Analysis of Kleist's early letters, in particular, illuminates the oblique and unique processes by which he became aware of his vocation; simultaneously offering new perspectives from which to approach the works themselves. The discipline of recording observations based on visits to art galleries and travels through landscapes and towns in Prussia, Saxony, and Franconia stimulated Kleist's imagination, providing sets and scenarios which brought him gradually to a ... More

Keywords: Heinrich von Kleist, illusion in art, Kantian philosophy, human condition, paradox, irony

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilda Meldrum Brown, author
St Hilda's College, Oxford

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