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The Legends of Gertrud von Le Fort

Text and Audience

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Margaret K. Devinney

This study of the legends of Gertrud von Le Fort investigates her reputation among literary critics as well as her application of a singular personal artistic philosophy, leading to an explanation for her idiosyncratic writing style. As a writer who continually evidences intention to control interpretation and audience in ways more radical than one normally finds, Le Fort provides a good starting point for studying the problem of textuality, particularly the question of the role of the reader.
Contents: Critical Reception, Development of a Passive-Receptive Poet, Tyranny of the Writer Over Her Audience, Seeking Textual Authority, Limiting Interpretive Alternatives, Denying Authorial Control, Bibliography.