Fathers and Daughters: Patterns of Seduction in Tragedies by Gryphius, Lessing, Hebbel and Kroetz - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture (Hardback)Ingrid Walsoe-Engel (author)
Hardback 186 Pages / Published: 20/06/1993
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Stressing the verbal nature of seduction, with its roots in the unkept promise and the seduction discourse, the author reveals the core of the seduction interaction in the destruction of the father-daughter relationship. Once found sexually alluring by a man not of her father's choosing, the fate of the daughter is sealed. The only way she can demonstrate her virginal purity, to her father, her society, and herself, is by sacrifice and death. In chapters dealing with Andreas Gryphius's Catharina von Georgien, Lessing's Miss Sara Sampson and Emilia Galotti, and Hebbel's Maria Magdalena, the author uncovers the archetypal patterns that always inform the dramatic conception of the daughter's seduction. Walsoe-Engel's analysis of Emilia Galotti is especially provocative, as she reveals the source of the much disputed inconsistency and ambiguity in the character of the title-figure. She provides a surprising answer to the age-old questions: 'Does Emilia love the Prince?' and 'Has Emilia been seduced?'
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 564 x 381 x 15 mm
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