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Karen Blixen's works are explored in the light of a passionate insistence on living out a double nature of the divine and the demonic. The 'aristocratic' is examined as her depiction of a conduct of life that is faithful to destiny: the aristocratic viewpoint is in tune with eternity, and places no obstructive morality between self and life. Vitality has its source in direct access to the ocean of inexhaustible opportunities with which life presents us. The 'world' of Africa, for example, plays a key role as the consummate illustration of an aristocratic culture. The aesthetic guidelines for literary form (as well as art) as advocated by KB are discussed, and her view of art is similarly defined and explained as 'aristocratic'. Her private correspondence (including the recently published Karen Blixen in Denmark: Letters, 1931-62) is drawn upon to shed new light on her life and work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781903900338
ISBN-10: 1903900336
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 230mm x 15mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frantz Leander Hansen

Frantz Leander Hansen is a Master of Arts in Literature and employed at The Karen Blixen Museum, Denmark. He teaches and gives lectures at various academic establishments in Denmark.