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Aberrations of Mourning$
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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675951

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.001.0001

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the Fate of A Daughter

the Fate of A Daughter

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Chapter:
(p.60) Chapter Two the Fate of A Daughter
Source:
Aberrations of Mourning
Author(s):

Laurence A. Rickels

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s works. Upon his father’s death Lessing returned to—Emilia Galotti, which he had conceived as turning on the absence of the father. In Emilia Galotti, every trace of that Lessing so garrulously present in Nathan the Wise seems effaced; instead, at the end of the series of removals and retreats, which characterized Lessing’s search for the “true father,” we find a daughter who, alone in Lessing’s works, achieves through her suicide mission the father’s corporeal resurrection. According to Lessing, metaphor stimulates natural signification through “another similarity” whereby two things are associated and subsumed under one concept which remains renewable.

Keywords:   Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, death, Emilia Galotti, Nathan the Wise, father, daughter, suicide, metaphor

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