"Entscheide Du". Kleists Komödie der Dezision
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 2293699
Author(s) Honold, Alexander
Author(s) at UniBasel Honold, Alexander
Year 2013
Title "Entscheide Du". Kleists Komödie der Dezision
Journal Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte
Volume 87
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 502-532

In Kleist's literary theatre, the interaction of characters and the play's own illusionism are based on permanently emerging paradoxes. Decision making refers to crucial distinctions, and vice versa. In Kleist's first drama, Familie Ghonorez (later was changed to Schroffenstein), the ordeal of hostile genealogies is based on the typical tools of the comedy of mistaken identities. The family warship shows contrapuntal networks of intrigues and causes foolish misunderstandings. Taken deadly serious by the tragic slaughter, the puns proof their dramatic dignity, which also fits for the purpose of comedy in Kleist's Amphitryon. In that >comedy of errors', it is Alkmene's call to distinguish husband from holiness. But all she can do, all the play can do by the means of verse, is, to hand the dilemma down to the audience.

Publisher J.B. Metzler
ISSN/ISBN 0012-0936
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6211954
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/BF03374667
ISI-Number WOS:000209367500003
Document type (ISI) Article

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