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The German Ghost Story as Genre


Muriel Stiffler

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.
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.