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.
Bonfiglio, Thomas Paul. "A Tropical View of Irony and Satire in Arnim." Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift Für Germanistik 18, no. 3 (1985): 221-28.
Copyright © 1985, Tübingen. This article first appeared in Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik: 18:3 (1985), 221-228.
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