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Literature of the Sturm und Drang /
edited by David Hill.
Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2003.
377 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1571131744 (alk. paper)
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Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2003.
1571131744 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-09-01:
Following the format of other volumes in the series, this welcome addition comprises 13 essays on various topics related to the Sturm and Drang (hereafter SuD). In his magisterial introduction Hill (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) provides an excellent overview and paves the way for the more specialized contributions. Two of the essays that follow treat J.G. Herder, one of the SuD's intellectual fathers. Six essays may be grouped under the general heading drama/theater. They include a discussion of the influence of Shakespeare, an examination of the rhetoric of freedom, an interpretation of three SuD dramas by women authors, a treatment of the theme of love, and a look at four of Schiller's dramas. Completing this series is a discussion of theater practice. The remaining four entries treat such diverse topics as passions and psychology; Goethe's political fantasies and the GENIE project; the SuD in music; and periodization in the 18th century and SuD. Notes, references, and English translations of German quotations are located at the end of each essay. The 20-page bibliography of all works cited is a valuable tool for anyone interested in the SuD. Illustrated, reader friendly, and informative, this work is an important addition to second literature on the SuD. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections; all levels. J. K. Fugate Kalamazoo College
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In a collection of essays by German, British and American scholars this sixth volume of Camden House's series on the history of German literature focuses on literature that was inspired by the Sturm und Drang movement.
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"Sturm und Drang" refers to a set of values and a style of writing that arose in Germany in the second half of the eighteenth century, a particularly intense kind of pre-Romanticism that has often been represented as marking the beginning of an independent modern German culture. The circle of writers around the young Goethe, including Herder, Lenz, Klinger, and later Schiller, felt frustrated by the Enlightenment world of reason, balance, and control, and turned instead to nature as the source of authentic experience. Inspired by Rousseau and Herder, by Shakespeare, and by folk culture, they rebelled against propriety and experimented with new literary forms, their creative energy bursting through conventions that seemed staid and artificial. The Sturm und Drang has often been cited by those attempting to legitimate nationalism and irrationalism, but scholars have more recently emphasized the diversity of the movement and the links between it and the Enlightenment. This volume of essays by leading scholars from the UK, the US, and Germany illuminates the guiding ideas of the movement, discussing its most important authors, texts, and ideas, and taking account of the variety and complexity of the movement, placing it more securely within late-eighteenth-century European history. The main focus is on literature, and in particular on the drama, which was of special importance to the Sturm und Drang. However, the essays also outline the social conditions that gave rise to the movement, and consideration is given to different currents of ideas that underlie the movement, including areas of thought and bodies of work that traditional approaches have tended to marginalize. Contributors: Bruce Duncan, Howard Gaskill, Wulf Koepke, Susanne Kord, Frank Lamport, Alan Leidner, Matthias Luserke, Michael Patterson, Gerhard Sauder, Margaret Stoljar, Daniel Wilson, Karin Wurst.David Hill is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of German Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
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Carefully focused essays on major aspects of one of the most significant German literary movements, the Storm and Stress.

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