The Art of Comedy and Social Critique in Nineteenth-century Germany

Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1800-1868)

Author: Rinske Van Stipriaan Pritchett

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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During the mid-nineteenth century, Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer pursued a fifty-year career as a playwright and theater manager in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at a time of the transformation of court theaters and itinerant troupes into commercial establishments staffed by middle-class professionals and subject to market forces. Although she has been undervalued by some critics past and present who considered her mainly as an adapter of contemporary novels, this study shows that with her thorough knowledge of the European dramatic tradition, her skill as a playwright, and above all her professionalism she overcame institutional and gender bias to develop a form of drama that integrated the social and economic changes of her time. The analysis focuses on her use of the subversive genre of comedy, the strategies she used to evade the censor, and her employment of assertive female and working-class characters. She revived "commedia dell'arte" techniques of the past while devising innovations that anticipated the subsequent course of drama as well as the film techniques of today.
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Trials and Tribunals in the Dramas of Heinrich Von Kleist

Author: Kim Fordham

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039110391

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 153

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What makes the trial so appealing as dramatic form? Why do we watch? Is it simply the quest for truth and justice? Or is it much more than that? From the time of Sophocles, the court has fascinated audiences and dramatists alike. Kleist is no exception, as each of his dramas and many of his stories and anecdotes contain a trial of some sort from its most primitive form of hand-to-hand combat in the duel to more conventional legal proceedings in secular, military and ecclesiastical courts. At trial, we desire, whether consciously or unconsciously, to have our own system of beliefs and behaviours affirmed rather than to attempt to achieve justice: self-interest prevails at the expense of truth and equity. The focus of this book is the tension between the restoration of "dike," the balance of natural order, and the pursuit of truth and justice as impetus behind the trial. With recourse to the concept of legal instrumentalism, which underscores this preference for order over justice in both the law and literature, the author examines Kleist's dramas to determine the extent to which those individuals in positions of power are able to manipulate the proceedings, seeking not justice and truth, but rather the validation of their own particular version of order. The trial, a tool generally thought to be designed to discover truth and to mete out justice, is used instead, in the hands of the powerful, as an instrument of control and degradation."
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Between National Fantasies and Regional Realities

The Paradox of Identity in Nineteenth-century German Literature

Author: Arne Koch

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039109395

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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Despite its popularity during the nineteenth century, regional literature has often been overlooked with regard to its role in the development of German national consciousness. By exploring various illustrations of geographic-historical landscapes in texts written before the 1848 revolutions and after the 1871 unification, this book investigates the vital polyphony generated by unique regional voices throughout the age of nationalism. Close readings of texts by Berthold Auerbach, Theodor Storm, Wilhelm Raabe, Fritz Reuter, Theodor Fontane, Gottfried Keller, and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach examine recognizable and unfamiliar regions. Although this study concentrates on provincial writings, literary regionalism’s fictionality and simultaneous referentiality raise broader questions for the programmatic aesthetics of Poetic Realism and for inquiries into identity formation.
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Gustav Freytag and the Prussian Gospel

Novels, Liberalism, and History

Author: Larry L. Ping

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039105458

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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Spanning the worlds of literature and the history profession, the Prussian novelist and historian Gustav Freytag (1816-95) was influential in shaping opinion for his generation of liberals. This new study places him in his proper political and social context.
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Challenging Separate Spheres

Female Bildung in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Germany

Author: Marjanne E. Goozé

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039110186

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

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This collection of essays centers on women writers who negotiated, interrogated, and challenged the gender ideology of separate spheres through their advocacy and representations of female "Bildung." The term "Bildung" encompasses an individual's entire moral, spiritual, behavioral, emotional, political and intellectual development. The contributors analyze works of fiction, memoirs, autobiographies, letters, the periodical press, and conduct and cookbooks from the mid-1700s to circa 1900 that confront the separate spheres paradigm and promote women's educational and personal development. They examine women's writing and reading practices, moral and gender philosophies, political activism, and work from the home to the stage and factory. Most writers did not repudiate outright existing gender models, but both subtly and overtly subverted and reinterpreted them. In all the texts, the process of female education leads to an assertion of agency. The writers came from different social classes and professional backgrounds, ranging from noblewomen to working-class autobiographers of the later nineteenth century. This volume will be of interest to German cultural, literary, and historical scholars, as well as to those concerned with the development of European feminism, women's education and autobiography.
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A Contemporaneous Comedy

Author: George Middleton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American drama

Page: 218

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Hegel on the Modern Arts

Author: Benjamin Rutter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113948978X

Category: Philosophy

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Debates over the 'end of art' have tended to obscure Hegel's work on the arts themselves. Benjamin Rutter opens this study with a defence of art's indispensability to Hegel's conception of modernity; he then seeks to reorient discussion toward the distinctive values of painting, poetry, and the novel. Working carefully through Hegel's four lecture series on aesthetics, he identifies the expressive possibilities particular to each medium. Thus, Dutch genre scenes animate the everyday with an appearance of vitality; metaphor frees language from prose; and Goethe's lyrics revive the banal routines of love with imagination and wit. Rutter's important study reconstructs Hegel's view not only of modern art but of modern life and will appeal to philosophers, literary theorists, and art historians alike.
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All Too Human

Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Nineteenth-century Philosophy

Author: Lydia L. Moland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331991331X

Category: PHILOSOPHY

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History of European Drama and Theatre

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134678614

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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This major study reconstructs the vast history of European drama from Greek tragedy through to twentieth-century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Throughout history, drama has performed and represented political, religious, national, ethnic, class-related, gendered, and individual concepts of identity. Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: * ancient Greek theatre * Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Molière * the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into eighteenth-century drama * the German Enlightenment - Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Lenz * romanticism by Kleist, Byron, Shelley, Hugo, de Vigny, Musset, Büchner, and Nestroy * the turn of the century - Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski * the twentieth century - Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, O'Neill, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Müller. Anyone interested in theatre throughout history and today will find this an invaluable source of information.
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The Johns Hopkins University Circular

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Publisher: N.A

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Includes University catalogues, President's report, Financial report, registers, announcement material, etc.
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Circulars

Author: Johns Hopkins University

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

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Current Opinion

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature

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Current Opinion...

Author: Edward Jewitt Wheeler

Publisher: N.A

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Realizations

Narrative, Pictorial, and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth-Century England

Author: Martin Meisel

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400856094

Category: Art

Page: 494

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In this richly illustrated study of the relationship of art, drama, and fiction in the nineteenth century, Martin Meisel illuminates the collaboration between storytelling and picturemaking that informed narrative painting, pictorial dramaturgy, and serial illustrated fiction. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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The Athenaeum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama

Author: James Silk Buckingham,John Sterling,Frederick Denison Maurice,Henry Stebbing,Charles Wentworth Dilke,Thomas Kibble Hervey,William Hepworth Dixon,Norman Maccoll,Vernon Horace Rendall,John Middleton Murry

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