Hitting rock bottom: reading male synope in Kleist's Die Familie Schroffenstein, Michael Kohlhaas, and Prinz Friedrich von Homburg Public Deposited

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  • Gomoluch, Susanne
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • This thesis examines fainting scenarios in three of Heinrich von Kleist’s works: Die Familie Schroffenstein, Michael Kohlhaas, and Prinz Friedrich von Homburg. In Kleist’s oeuvre, fainting is portrayed as a gradual process that even reaches beyond the act of the physical fainting of the body. Depending on the fainting protagonists’s degree of spirituality and acceptance of divine realms, syncope can also mean remedy. The first chapter provides an analysis of the Sylvester’s syncope in Die Familie Schroffenstein and shows in what way Sylvester’s fainting means remedy. The second chapter explores the fainting spells of the Saxon Elector in Michael Kohlhaas and focuses on the absence of spirituality. The third chapter investigates unconsciousness in Prinz Friedrich von Homburg which unlike the two previous places appears to be an example of continual syncope.
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