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Dr Seán Allan discussing the work of German writer Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) is one of the most important German writers of the early nineteenth century, and his works have had a profound influence on subsequent writers both in Germany and beyond. Dr Seán Allan has been working on a research project – funded by the Arts and Humanties Research Council – which explores one aspect of his work (education) that has been almost totally ignored, and will link it to another (the representation of violence) in a way that will shed new light on constructive and destructive functions of violence in his work.

Listen to Dr Allan discussing the intellectual traditions in which Kleist lived and worked with academics Ricarda Schmidt and Steven Howe.

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