Advisor

Roderic Diman

Date of Award

1981

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in German

Department

World Languages and Literatures

Physical Description

1 online resource (96 p.)

Subjects

Theodor Storm (1817-1888) -- Schimmelreiter

DOI

10.15760/etd.3148

Abstract

In interpreting Der Schinmelreiter by Theodor Storm, the deconstructive method always leaves room for more interpretation; a deconstructive interpretation may simply acknowledge a variety of critical opinions, not necessarily considering one more valid than another, but arguing that all of than together are necessary to form a collective interpretation. I have examined traditionally important views of Storm's work, those of Stuckert and Silz, who argue for a positive heroic example in the main character Hauke Haien, and who consider the supernatural in a less structurally important light, but attribute it to Storm's personal views and geographic background. Ellis, Findlay and Jennings offer an examination of narrative structures and a study of mythic elements in the structure. They break some of the longer-held opinions, redefine realism and draw attention to conflicting character traits of Hauke, suggesting psychological explanations for his mythification. Jost Hermard represents the new directions in social commentary. His interpretation emphasizes possible political criticisms and examines the work in the light of German society in the late nineteenth century.

Description

If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have it removed from the Open Access Collection, please submit a request to pdxscholar@pdx.edu and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL

This thesis is missing page 26.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/18275

Share

COinS