Leydecker, Karl (2011) The Avoidance of Divorce in Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften. Modern Language Review, 106 (4). pp. 1054-1072. ISSN 0026-7937.
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Starting from Walter Benjamin's insight into the importance of marital dissolution in Die Wahlverwandtschaften, this article argues that the work is one in which divorce is an omnipresent narrative possibility that Goethe's novel is fascinated by, but ultimately shies away from. The compulsive discussion, and avoidance, of divorce in the novel is examined in the context of the legal, ideological, and social framework in place at the time it appeared. The article concludes by demonstrating the central role that Die Wahlverwandtschaften played in debates about divorce reform in the 1840s and again at the end of the nineteenth century.
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > German|
|Depositing User:||Fiona Godfrey|
|Date Deposited:||28 Aug 2012 09:37|
|Last Modified:||29 Aug 2012 09:39|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30281 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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