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    Forgetting the dead in Gellert's Leben der Schwedischen Gräfin von G (1747/8)

    Richards, Anna (2006) Forgetting the dead in Gellert's Leben der Schwedischen Gräfin von G (1747/8). Oxford German Studies 35 (2), pp. 165-175. ISSN 0078-7191.

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    Death in Christian Fürchtegott Gellert's Leben der schwedischen Gräfin von G (1747/48), an early German sentimental novel, is not portrayed in excessively sentimental terms. Neither is it the cornerstone for a rational bourgeois social order in which characters renounce their desires, as has been argued. On the contrary, death is conspicuous in the novel by its lack of resonance. Early eighteenth-century philosophers such as Georg Friedrich Meier used mourning to illustrate the power of the mind to reproduce, recognize, and respond emotionally to images from the past, but Gellert does not integrate psychological ideas about memory and the imagination into his work to any great extent. Instead, his novel is characterized by an aesthetics of presence which distinguishes it from later sentimental works.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 10:25
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44


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