Heinrich von Kleist's notions of happiness: Texts and contexts

Corkhill, Alan (2009) Heinrich von Kleist's notions of happiness: Texts and contexts. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 45 3: 305-324. doi:10.1093/fmls/cqp048

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Author Corkhill, Alan
Title Heinrich von Kleist's notions of happiness: Texts and contexts
Journal name Forum for Modern Language Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-8518
Publication date 2009-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/fmls/cqp048
Volume 45
Issue 3
Start page 305
End page 324
Total pages 20
Editor Jones, Tom
MacKenzie, Robin
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 200512 Literature in German
950203 Languages and Literature
Formatted abstract
The study charts and evaluates Heinrich von Kleist's changing attitude to happiness (Glück) during the author's short lifetime and situates this thinking in the intellectual discourses of his day. Three textual sources serve this objective: key pronouncements in Kleist's seminal treatise Aufsatz, den sichern Weg des Glücks zu finden and in letters to his fiancée, half-sister and close friends, as well as happiness tropes in the novellas Das Erdbeben in Chili and Die Marquise von O.... It will be shown that Kleist's philosophy of happiness embraces intense speculation about the ontology and teleology of happiness and the relationship of happiness to virtue ethics, especially against the background of Kantian epistemology and moral philosophy. In turn, what we might term Kleist's sociology of happiness is strongly evidenced by a preoccupation in his correspondence with issues of gendered and domestic happiness.
Keyword von Kleist
Moral philosophy
Gender relations
German literature
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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