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The Legends of Gertrud von Le Fort

Text and Audience


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.