Affecting Grace: Literature from Lessing to Kleist [NOOK Book]

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Affecting Grace examines the importance of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays within German literature and thought after 1750 – including its relationship to German classicism, which favoured unreflected ease over theatricality. Kenneth S. Calhoon examines this tension against an extensive backdrop that includes a number of canonical German authors – Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Lessing, von Kleist, and Nietzsche – as well as the advent of Meissen porcelain, the painting of Bernardo Bellotto and Francesco Guardi, and ...

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Affecting Grace: Literature from Lessing to Kleist

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Overview

Affecting Grace examines the importance of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays within German literature and thought after 1750 – including its relationship to German classicism, which favoured unreflected ease over theatricality. Kenneth S. Calhoon examines this tension against an extensive backdrop that includes a number of canonical German authors – Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Lessing, von Kleist, and Nietzsche – as well as the advent of Meissen porcelain, the painting of Bernardo Bellotto and Francesco Guardi, and aspects of German styles of architecture.

Extending from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (c. 1597) to Kleist’s The Broken Jug (1806), this study turns on the paradox that the German literary world had begun to embrace Shakespeare just as it was firming up the broad but pronounced anti-Baroque sensibility found pivotally in Lessing’s critical and dramatic works. Through these investigations, Calhoon illuminates the deep cultural changes that fundamentally affected Germany’s literary and artistic traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442664166
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Kenneth S. Calhoon is professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon..
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction

Chapter One: Mercy and the Spirit of Commerce: Shylock’s Shadow in the Age of Disinterest

Chapter Two: Judging Adam: Theater and the Fall into History

Chapter Three: The Virtue of Things: Meissen Porcelain and the Classical Object

Chapter Four: Of Praise and Poison in Hamlet and Miss Sara Sampson

Chapter Five: Scenic Fantasies: Bellotto in Dresden—Goethe in Strasbourg

Chapter Six: Sovereign Innocence: Schiller’s “Walk” and the Naïve Spectator

Chapter Seven: Caught in the Act: The Comedic Miscarriage of Kleist’s Broken Jug

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

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