Show Less
Restricted access

The Ethics of Life and Death with Heinrich von Kleist


Joseph O. Baker

The writings of Heinrich von Kleist continue to inspire German readers and theater-goers after nearly 200 years, but are still relatively unknown to English speakers. Yet his search for values and his response to stress, confusion and the ambiguity of life's messages is curiously appropriate today. This work explores Kleist's quest for truth and ethics. His response to feelings of depression, failure and even suicide is instructive and satisfying for present-day readers.
Contents: Kleist's search for values is followed through stages of his life as his ethics take form and are then developed in major literary works. His suicide is understood as a culmination of this pursuit.