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The existential grounding of death in Hölderlin, Nietzsche, and Heidegger
The present dissertation examines two of the most important yet overlooked precursors to Martin Heidegger's analytic of death in Sein und Zeit : Holderlin's unfinished drama Der Tod des Empedokles and Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra. In all three works, death forms an ontological problem; that is, it becomes integrated ...
Höfisch-heroisch-Fragmentiert: körpergebundene Kommunikation im 'Nibelungenlied'
This study analyzes the different models of physicality together with the modes of non-verbal interaction related to these models in Nibelungenlied. In this epic, the bodies of the protagonists display characteristics which reflect two different models of physicality: the 'heroic' and the 'courtly' model. At the same time, ...
The reluctant witches in Benedikte Naubert's Neue Volksmährchen der Deutschen, 1789-1792
Benedikte Naubert (1756-1819) lived at a time of significant literary awakening and production in Germany. It was also a momentous time in European history. In spite of the promising renewal Enlightenment thinking held, women still did not experience the same freedom as men, especially in education. Naubert's extensive oeuvre ...
Kriemhild, the main character of the Nibelungenlied, provides an interesting transformation from a young girl afraid of a potentially tragic marriage into a mature woman commanding an army in her pursuit of revenge. The reconciliation of these two images of Kriemhild has been the focus of scholarly attention. Scholars such ...
Masken des Lebens, Gesichter des Todes: zum Verhältnis von Tod und Darstellung im erzählerischen Werk Arthur Schnitzlers
This dissertation explores modes of representations of death in selected narrative works of Arthur Schnitzler. The introductory chapter sets the theoretical framework for all following textual analyses, drawing on Schnitzler's more theoretical writings in Aphorismen und Betrachtungen and his one-act-plays Zum grossen Wurstel ...