Kierkegaard Research

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources




Volume 16:
Kierkegaard’s Literary Figures and Motifs

Edited by Katalin Nun and Jon Stewart


Tome I: Agamemnon to Guadalquivir
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2015. xix+296pp.

Tome II: Gulliver to Zerlina
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2015. xv+267pp.

While Kierkegaard is perhaps known best as a religious thinker and philosopher, there is an unmistakable literary element in his writings. He often explains complex concepts and ideas by using literary figures and motifs that he could assume his readers would have some familiarity with. This dimension of his thought has served to make his writings far more popular than those of other philosophers and theologians, but at the same time it has made their interpretation more complex. Kierkegaard readers are generally aware of his interest in figures such as Faust or the Wandering Jew, but they rarely have a full appreciation of the vast extent of his use of characters from different literary periods and traditions. The present volume is dedicated to the treatment of the variety of literary figures and motifs used by Kierkegaard.


Tome I: Agamemnon to Guadalquivir


Agamemnon: From Ancient Tragic Hero to Modern Ethical Archetype
Laura Liva

Agnes and the Merman: Abraham as Monster
Nathaniel Kramer

Aladdin: The Audacity of Wildest Wishes
Jennifer Veninga

Amor: God of Love—Psyche’s Seducer
Frances Maughan-Brown

Antigone: The Tragic Art of Either/Or
Shoni Rancher

Ariadne: Kierkegaard’s View on Women, Life and Remorse
Filipa Afonso

Marie Beaumarchais: Kierkegaard’s Account of Feminine Sorrow
Susana Janic

Bluebeard: Demonic or Tragic Hero?
Ian Panth

Captain Scipio: The Recollection of Phister’s Portrayal as
the Comic par excellence
Timothy Stock

Cerberus: Deceiving a Watchdog and Relying on God
Filipa Afonso

Clavigo: A Little Tale about the Sense of Guilt
Antonella Fimiani

Coach Horn: Kierkegaard’s Ambivalent Valedictory to a Disappearing Instrument
Wolter Hartog

Desdemona: The Ill-Starred Heroine of Indirect Communication
Ana Pinto Leite

Diotima: Teacher of Socrates and Kierkegaard’s Advocate for the Mythical
Harald Steffes

Don Juan (Don Giovanni):
Seduction and its Absolute Medium in Music
Jacobo Zabalo

Don Quixote: Kierkegaard and the Relation Between Knight-Errant and Truth-Witness
Christopher B. Barnett

Donna Elvira: The Colossal Feminine Character,
From donna abbandonata to the Embodiment of Modern Sorrow
Sara Ellen Eckerson

Elves, Trolles, and Nisses: The Relevance of Supernatural Creatures to Aestheticism, Philosophical Rationalism, and the Christian Faith
Will Williams

Erasmus Montanus: The Tragi-Comic Victim of the Crowd
Julie Allen

Faust: The Seduction of Doubt
Leonardo Lisi

The Fenris Wolf: Unreal Fetters and Real Forces in Søren Kierkegaard’s Authorship
Henrike Fürstenberg

Figaro: The Character and the Opera He Represents
Sara Ellen Eckerson

: The Phenomenal Representation of Guilt
Laura Liva

Gadfly: Kierkegaard’s Relation to Socrates
Hjördis Becker

Guadalquivir: Kierkegaard’s Subterranean Fluvial Pseudonymity
Eric Ziolkowski


Tome II: Gulliver to Zerlina


Gulliver: Kierkegaard’s Reading of Swift and Gulliver’s Travels
Frederico Pedreira

Hamlet: The Impossibility of Tragedy/The Tragedy of Impossibility
Leonardo Lisi

Holger the Dane: Kierkegaard’s Mention of One Heroic Legend
Robert Puchniak

Jeppe of the Hill: The Hedonistic Christian
Julie Allen

Niels Klim: Project Makers in a World Upside Down
Elisabete Sousa

King Lear: Silence and the Leafage of Language
King Lear

Loki: Romanticism and Kierkegaard's Critique of the Aesthetic
Matthew Brake

Lucinde: “To live poetically is to live infinitely,” or Kierkegaard’s Concept of Irony as Portrayed in his Analysis of Friedrich Schlegel’s Work
Fernando Manuel Ferreira da Silva

Lady Macbeth: The Viscera of Conscience
Malgorzata Grzegorzewska

Margarete: The Feminine Face of Faust
Antonella Fimiani

Master-Thief: A One-Man Army against the Established Order
Nassim Bravo

Mephistopheles: Demonic Seducer, Musician, Philosopher, and Humorist
Will Williams

Minerva: Kierkegaard's Use of a Greek Motif
Anne Nielsen

Baron Münchhausen: Charlatan or Sublime Artist
Anders Rendtorff Klitgaard

: From the Ancient Goddess to a Modern Concept
Laura Liva

Nero: Insatiable Sensualist
Sean Turchin

Papageno: An Aesthetic Awakening of the Ethics of Desire
Marcia Morgan and Karen Hiles

Per Degn
: Towards Kierkegaard's Genealogy of the Morals of the Servitors of the State Church
Gabriel Guedes Rossatti

Prometheus: Thief, Creator and Icon of Pain
Markus Pohlmeyer

Richard III: The Prototype of the Demonic
Nataliya Vorobyova Jørgensen

Robert le diable: A Modern Tragic Figure
Telmo Rodrigues

Typhon: The Monster in Kierkegaard’s Mirror
David Possen

Wandering Jew (Ahasverus): Kierkegaard and the Figuration of Death in Life
Joseph Ballan

Xerxes: Kierkegaard’s King of Jest
Ana Pinto Leite

Zelina: A Study on How to Overcome Anxiety
Sara Ellen Eckerson



Volume 15

Kierkegaard's Concepts
Tomes I-VI

Volume 16

Kierkegaard's Literary Figures and Motifs
Tomes I-II

Volume 17

Kierkegaard's Pseudonyms

Volume 18

Kierkegaard Secondary Literature
Tomes I-VI

Volume 19

Kierkegaard Bibliography
Tomes I-VII

Volume 20
The Auction Catalogue of Kierkegaard's Library

Volume 21
Cumulative Index
Tomes I-III


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