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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Kleist's Self-Deconstructing Irony and Romantic Operatic Imagination in the Case of Das Käthchen Von Heilbronn
by Gray, Glen, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 101; 27834589
Abstract (Summary)

The present project pursues how the nineteenth-century practice of adapting well known stage plays, often constituted a willful misreading of an original text. A surprising yet paradigmatic case in point is Heinrich von Kleist’s (1777-1811) “great historical chivalric drama,” Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (Kathy of Heilbronn, 1808). The present thesis places Kleist’s play in its literary context, and investigates: I) how Kleist’s Käthchen defies the genre conventions of Chivalric Drama, Early Romanticism, and parody; II) what methods Käthchen adapter Franz Ignaz Holbein used to transform the piece form its initial confusion-inducing state into a success the original had never attained; III) in which ways Kleist’s Käthchen was coincidentally well suited to be reimagined on the opera stage after 1840; IV) in what relation the four Käthchen operas in this study stand to Kleist’s original, keeping in mind the adaptations and the demands of the opera stage; V) how the reception of the operatic adaptations influence the current understanding of Kleist’s reception trajectory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: High, Jeffrey L.
Commitee: Herman, Martin, Moser, Christian, Schneider, Helmut
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: German literature, Music history, Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: Adaptation, German Opera, Irony, Käthchen, Kleist, Opera
Publication Number: 27834589
ISBN: 9798678189523
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