The Federfuchser/Penpusher from Lessing to Grillparzer: A Study Focused on Grillparzer's Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg

The Federfuchser/Penpusher from Lessing to Grillparzer: A Study Focused on Grillparzer's Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg

by William Reeve
     
 


Reeve provides a detailed discussion of Klesel's importance in Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg and examines possible predecessors for the Federfuchser: Wurm from Friedrich von Schiller's Kabale und Liebe, the Sekretär in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Die natürliche Tochter, and Leonhard in Friedrich Hebbel's Maria Magdalene. He focuses on the features…  See more details below

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Reeve provides a detailed discussion of Klesel's importance in Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg and examines possible predecessors for the Federfuchser: Wurm from Friedrich von Schiller's Kabale und Liebe, the Sekretär in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Die natürliche Tochter, and Leonhard in Friedrich Hebbel's Maria Magdalene. He focuses on the features they share, such as deep-seated resentment of social superiors who, by a mere accident of birth, have power over them and, above all, the cunning that they use to overcome their social disqualifications.

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Concentrating on Klesel's role in Franz Grillparzer's Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg, Reeve (German literature, Queen's U.) argues that Klesel represents the culmination of a literary type--the Federfuchser, or pen-pushing secretary. Evolving out of the political and social conditions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the secretary is an intellectually gifted individual who acts as the agent of a less-gifted, usually aristocratic, patron, and uses cunning to overcome his social disqualification. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780773512986
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
06/14/1995
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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