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Reading Rilke’s Orphic Identity


Erika M. Nelson

Contents: Reading and Re-Presenting Rilke in the Context of Fin-de-Siècle Literature – Orphic Identity and Poetic Invention – The Mythological Figure of Orpheus – The Orphic Mysteries – Orphic Voice and Sound in Poetry: The Modality of the Orphic Experience – Rainer Maria Rilke’s «Orpheus. Eurydike. Hermes» – Hermes as Mediator to the Hermetic – Excavating Eurydice and Encountering Night and the Goddess Culture – Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge – Narcissus and Rilke’s «Wending» – Sonette an Orpheus (1922) – The Orphic Element in Sound and Rilke’s «Tempel im Gehör» – Rilke and the Modern Age: Orpheus as a (Post)Modernist Precursor – Wim Wenders’ Der Himmel über Berlin.