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The body of Arnim criticism of the past several decades stands in opposition to the reception that existed for one and one-half centuries. The reproaches of the Brothers Grimm and of Goethe set the tone for a maligning of Arnim that was not to be abandoned until the modern post-war era. The point of departure for the critical misunderstanding of Arnim lies in the apparent structural dissonance of his works; this has descouraged the audience from a painstaking reading. Recent definitions of metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, however, aid in generating a model that clarifies Arnim' s use of Romantic irony and satire, and that is also important for an appreciation of structure in Isabella von Agypten.

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Copyright © 1985, Tübingen. This article first appeared in Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik: 18:3 (1985), 221-228.

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