Forgot your password?  

Critical Essay | Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel.
This section contains 12,118 words
(approx. 41 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel - Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel

Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel

SOURCE: Riechel, Donald C. “Knut Hamsun's ‘Imp of the Perverse’: Calculation and Contradiction in Sult and Mysterier.” Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies 28, no. 1 (May 1989): 29-53.

In the following essay, Riechel studies two of Hamsun's early novels, noting that the narrative effects in both Hunger and Mysteries are achieved from a combination of ambiguity, irony, and self-contradiction.

Nietzsche once wrote that becoming accustomed to irony and sarcasm spoils one's character: in the end one resembles a snapping dog that besides knowing how to bite has learned how to laugh1. Perhaps such habituation spoiled Knut Hamsun, who in his life and in his art always seems to have manoeuvred for the last laugh, to the fascinated discomfort of his readers. Hamsun's ‘insistence on ambiguity’, to use Robert...

(read more)

This section contains 12,118 words
(approx. 41 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel - Critical Essay by Donald C. Riechel
Follow Us on Facebook