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«Die Verlobung in St. Domingo»

Kleist's Novelle in Translation and as a Basis for Opera and Drama


Almute Wedekind

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 back- ground 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 - Ana- lysis of Körner's play - Comparison of the operas by Zillig and Egk.