The Poetics of Death

The Poetics of Death

The Short Prose of Kleist and Balzac

eBook - 1996
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Univ of New York Press
Discusses literary representations of death to explore the relation between writing and death--death understood as both the death of the individual and the death of meaning.

Book News
A decidedly erudite postmodern analysis of "subversive" texts in the writings of Kleist and Balzac resurrecting old themes of loss, death, and the writer's relationship to both. Initially presented as a dissertation at Princeton, the current version still retains its doctoral attributes of an assumed elite audience who understands the currently popular critical language of academia. However, Guenther's readings of both Kleist and Balzac might supply an interested researcher with clues into the historical contexts of the authors, the process of writing itself, and the flimsy alliances made between the concepts of immortality and death. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780585042930
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 216 p.)


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