Der souveräne Mensch
Die Anthropologie Heinrich von Kleists
1. Edition 2011
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The limitations and possibilities of the human being are central topics in Heinrich von Kleists writings. The tension between the individual and its surrounding ethic and social standards is an essential part of his work. This book will pursue the thesis that the occidental concept of sovereignty can be perceived as a possible key element to Kleists poetic anthropology. In reversing the traditional idea of sovereignty, Kleist is able to create an alternative view of man: individuality beyond social regulations is experienced precisely by means of the individual’s personal shortcomings and its non-sovereignty. For Kleist, humanity’s special quality rests in the individual’s potential to benefit from its immanent drives, tempers and moods. The result of this emphasis on individuality is the relocation of the power to change back to the human being. Including contemporary concepts of sovereignty, this new and timely approach to Kleists writing is showcased using different case studies.