The purpose of this work is twofold. First, Die Verlobung in St. Domingo is analyzed, emphasizing the topics of society and race, interpersonal relationships, and death; the historical background at the time of the racial war in Haiti is illustrated; the English and French versions are examined. Secondly, the three works that were inspired by Kleist's Novelle are analyzed: A play by Kleist's contemporary Theodor Körner, and two operas by the modern composers Winfried Zillig and Werner Egk.
Contents: Origin, historical background, structure, analysis of the Novelle - Comparison of the English and French translations
- Analysis of Körner's play - Comparison of the operas by Zillig and Egk.