This is the first full-length study in almost ninety years on the German ghost story as a literary form. In-depth examinations of eight of the most outstanding tales in German literature reveal many common characteristics which establish this form as a genre. Arresting new interpretations of the works emerge, offering a rationale for the value of generic determination in literary appreciation.
New York, San Francisco, Bern, Baltimore, Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Wien, Paris, 1993. 176 pp.
Contents: An examination of Schiller's Der Geisterseher, Kleist's «Das Bettelweib von Locarno», Hoffmann's Das Majorat,
Storm's Der Schimmelreiter, three tales by Meyrink, and Kaschnitz' «Gespenster» from a generic point of view.