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Beschreibung des Verlags

Sex Changes with Kleist analyzes how the dramatist and poet Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811) responded to the change in the conception of sex and gender that occurred in the eighteenth century. Specifically, Katrin Pahl shows that Kleist resisted the shift from a one-sex to the two-sex and complementary gender system that is still prevalent today. With creative close readings engaging all eight of his plays, Pahl probes Kleist’s appreciation for incoherence, his experimentation with alternative symbolic orders, his provocative understanding of emotion, and his camp humor. Pahl demonstrates that rather than preparing modern homosexuality, Kleist puts an end to modern gender norms even before they take hold and refuses the oppositional organization of sexual desire into homosexual and heterosexual that sprouts from these norms.

Focusing on the theatricality of Kleist’s interventions in the performance of gender, sexuality, and emotion and examining how his dramatic texts unhinge major tenets of classical European theater, Sex Changes with Kleist is vital reading for anyone interested in queer studies, feminist studies, phttp://tme.firebrandtech.com/NUPress/Images/Look/icons/view.pngerformance studies, literary studies, or emotion studies. This book changes our understanding of Kleist and breathes new life into queer thought.

GENRE
Belletristik und Literatur
ERSCHIENEN
2019
15. Mai
SPRACHE
EN
Englisch
UMFANG
264
Seiten
VERLAG
Northwestern University Press
GRÖSSE
1.2
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