Oskar Panizza and The Love Council: A History of the Scandalous Play on Stage and in Court, with the Complete Text in English and a Biography of the Author

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In 1894, German society was introduced to The Love Council, a scandalous new play by the playwright Oskar Panizza. The carnivalesque satire, dealing with the first recorded outbreak of syphilis in 1495, portrays the scourge as divine punishment for the rampant sexual excesses in the Vatican court of the Pope of the time, the notorious Rodrigo Borgia. Panizza was imprisoned for one year on 93 counts of blasphemy, the harshest sentence ever given to an artist in the Second Empire. This book contains a detailed ...

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Overview

In 1894, German society was introduced to The Love Council, a scandalous new play by the playwright Oskar Panizza. The carnivalesque satire, dealing with the first recorded outbreak of syphilis in 1495, portrays the scourge as divine punishment for the rampant sexual excesses in the Vatican court of the Pope of the time, the notorious Rodrigo Borgia. Panizza was imprisoned for one year on 93 counts of blasphemy, the harshest sentence ever given to an artist in the Second Empire. This book contains a detailed history of the play on stage and the court proceedings that led to Panizza's imprisonment. A new English translation of the play is included, as well as a biography of its avant-garde, modernist author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442737
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2010
  • Series: Performing Arts/Theater
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter D.G. Brown is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of German at the State University of New York at New Paltz. This is his third book on Oskar Panizza. He has edited more than 100 books on German history and literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Pt. I The Play

1 Oskar Panizza's Legacy

2 The Love Council: A Heavenly Tragedy in Five Acts, 1894

3 Additions to the Second and Third Editions, 1896-1897

Pt. II The Author

4 The Early Decades, 1853-1894

5 Downward Spiral, 1895-1921

6 Panizza's Autobiographical Sketch, 1904

Pt. III The Trials

7 The 1895 Trial in Munich

8 Defense and Judgment in the Matter of The Love Council

9 Twentieth-Century Trials

Pt. IV Reception and Performance

10 M. G. Conrad's Evaluation, 1895

11 Critical Responses to The Love Council, 1895-1897

12 Performances around the World, 1962-2008

Appendix A Theatrical Productions of Das Liebeskonzil

Appendix B Chronology of Oskar Panizza's Life

Bibliography

Index

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