Abstract

This essay compares a semiotic and a feminist interpretation of Heinrich von Kleist's Das Erdbeben in Chili with particular emphasis on one theme in the story: birth. The story shows a tendency toward abstraction that marks much of Kleist's work and bespeaks a disturbed relationship to the material world. The same tendency is evident in the semiotic treatment of the story, and both can be seen as a function of the traditional patriarchal privileging of the abstract that has been increasingly denaturalized and challenged by certain currents in feminist and gender studies. (M.G.)

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-5192
Print ISSN
2578-5206
Pages
pp. 1-20
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-13
Open Access
No
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