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Abjection and Adoption in Lessing, Kleist, and Kafka

Title: Abjection and Adoption in Lessing, Kleist, and Kafka.
Name(s): Rylander, Luke, author
Weber, Christian, professor directing thesis
Weber, Alina Dana, committee member
Maier-Katkin, Birgit, 1962-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (87 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis looks at the intertextuality among Lessing's Nathan der Weise, Kleist's Der Findling and Kafka's Das Urteil. Focus is laid on the repeated deployment of specific character types: an elderly, morally minded merchant and his adopted children. By tracing the similarities and differences of these literary works, themes of economics and adoption come to be understood as central motifs in these texts, and the different depictions of these motifs are shown to reflect differing notions of the self. The analyses in this thesis draw heavily upon the theory of the abject as portrayed in Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Whereas Kristeva understands abjection as functioning within the context of a "social economy," this thesis tracks its treatment within other economic structures, starting with a moral economy in Lessing's drama, moving to an emotional economy in Kleist's novella, and ending with a semiotic economy in Kafka's novella.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9443 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: April 3, 2015.
Keywords: Abjection, Adoption, Kafka, Kleist, Lessing
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Christian Weber, Professor Directing Thesis; Alina Weber, Committee Member; Birgit Maier-Katkin, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Germanic literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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