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The romantic outlaw narrative

Show simple item record Schaad, Eric Joseph en_US 2009-10-06T16:20:45Z 2009-10-06T16:20:45Z 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.other b51903039 en_US
dc.identifier.other 56545766 en_US
dc.identifier.other Thesis 53450 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract Focusing on five German works of the Romantic Period, this study offers a glimpse into the nature of Romantic outlaw narrative and its place in literary history. Friedrich Schiller's Die Rauber (1781), serving as a fountainhead of the Romantic treatment of the outlaw, is discussed in the context of Kantian ethics. Several other works by Schiller illustrate his interest in criminality, particularly his programmatic treatment of the outlaw in "Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre"; (1786) and his subtle and tangential treatment in Wilhelm Tell (1804). C. A. Vulpius's Rinaldo Rinaldini (1798), a best-selling novel and potent text for exploration of the outlaw theme, represents German Robber Romanticism (Rauberromantik). In Heinrich von Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas (1808), we see the deflation of the outlaw hero and the beginnings of a transition to other kinds of criminal narrative. The portrayal of the outlaw in Romanticism draws on earlier elements of criminal narrative, but the intensity, variety, and complexity of treatments represents a new phenomenon. The portrayal of inner humanity of the criminal, the tribute given to the melancholy outlaw, and the importance of nature in both the inner and outer existence of the outlaw make the Romantic outlaw narrative unique. My contribution to the existing critical literature is a concentrated effort tying the canonical German outlaw narratives with the less canonical and providing a framework for distinguishing Romantic outlaw narrative from other criminal narratives. en_US
dc.format.extent ii, 329 p. en_US
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dc.rights Copyright is held by the individual authors. en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Comparative literature en_US
dc.title The romantic outlaw narrative en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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