Rainer Maria Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: a theater of imagination

Palasvirta, Natalie S. (2004) Rainer Maria Rilke's Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: a theater of imagination. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (2MB)


Rainer Maria Rilke's The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910) are viewed as a new kind of theater for the modern age. Through protagonist Malte's subjective imagination we witness sound and silence, visualize scenery and lighting, observe how costumes affect perception of character, and discover a connection between Malte's masks and masks in Greek theater. These technical aspects of theater, plus two special effects, support the premise of Malte as an actor. Learning to see opens him to empathize with others. Remembering the past helps Malte to understand his present and helps him discover the great human drama represented at Orange. From the St. Vitus Dancer, Malte learns how to play a role, which leads him through rehearsal for his part, the Prodigal Son. At last Malte comes to lerms with love, Abelone, and God, and finds a secure self behind a role on the world's stage.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11191
Item ID: 11191
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 70-76.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > German and Russian
Date: 2004
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926.--Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge.

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics