Oskar Panizza: His Life and Works

Oskar Panizza: His Life and Works

by Peter D.G. Brown
     
 

This is the first book to critically examine the life and literature of Oskar Panizza (1853-1921), the most audacious and irreverent of the Munich «Moderns» associated with Michael Georg Conrad in the 1890's. Although this psychiatrist from Bad Kissingen wrote volumes of poetry, fiction and polemics, Panizza is best known for his play Das Liebeskonzil

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This is the first book to critically examine the life and literature of Oskar Panizza (1853-1921), the most audacious and irreverent of the Munich «Moderns» associated with Michael Georg Conrad in the 1890's. Although this psychiatrist from Bad Kissingen wrote volumes of poetry, fiction and polemics, Panizza is best known for his play Das Liebeskonzil (1894). His scandalous «heavenly tragedy» depicts the origin of syphilis as the vengeance of an impotent, yet vindictive, God, His retribution for the sexual excesses practiced at the Vatican Court of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI (1495). Panizza's subsequent sentence to one year in prison on 93 counts of blasphemy sparked a major public debate about religion, literary freedom and Wilhelminian censorship, in which Theodor Fontane, Detlev von Liliencron, Thoman Mann, Kurt Tucholsky and Frank Wedekind, among others, participated.

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«...balanced, insightful, and well-written...this is the handiest, most complete introduction to Panizza, ...» (Ger- man Studies Review, Tempe)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820400389
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/1983
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 1: Germanic Languages and Literature, #27
Pages:
232

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