Who Is This Schiller Now?: Essays on His Reception and Significance


The works of Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) -- an innovative and resonant tragedian and an important poet, essayist, historian, and aesthetic theorist -- are among the best known of German and world literature. Schiller's explosive original artistry and feel for timely and enduring personal tragedy embedded in timeless sociohistorical conflicts remain the topic of lively academic debate. The essays in this volume address the many flashpoints and canonical shifts in the cyclically polarized reception of Schiller ...
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The works of Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) -- an innovative and resonant tragedian and an important poet, essayist, historian, and aesthetic theorist -- are among the best known of German and world literature. Schiller's explosive original artistry and feel for timely and enduring personal tragedy embedded in timeless sociohistorical conflicts remain the topic of lively academic debate. The essays in this volume address the many flashpoints and canonical shifts in the cyclically polarized reception of Schiller and his works, in pursuit of historical and contemporary answers to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's expression of frightened admiration in 1794: "Who is this Schiller?" The responses demonstrate pronounced shifts from widespread twentieth-century understandings of Schiller: the overwhelming emphasis here is on Schiller the cosmopolitan realist, and little or no trace is left of the ultimately untenable view of Schiller as an abstract idealist who turned his back on politics. Contributors: Ehrhard Bahr, Matthew Bell, Frederick Burwick, Jennifer Driscoll Colosimo, Bernd Fischer, Gail K. Hart, Fritz Heuer, Hans H. Hiebel, Jeffrey L. High, Walter Hinderer, Paul E. Kerry, Erik B. Knoedler, Elisabeth Krimmer, Maria del Rosario Acosta López, Laura Anna Macor, Dennis F. Mahoney, Nicholas Martin, John A. McCarthy, Yvonne Nilges, Norbert Oellers, Peter Pabisch, David Pugh, T. J. Reed, Wolfgang Riedel, Jörg Robert, Ritchie Robertson, Jeffrey L. Sammons, Henrik Sponsel. Jeffrey L. High is Associate Professor of German Studies at California State University Long Beach, Nicholas Martin is Reader in European Intellectual History at the University of Birmingham, and Norbert Oellers is Professor Emeritus of German Literature at the University of Bonn.
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(D)emands attention not least for the great variety of approaches chosen by its well-qualified contributors, all of whom share the common aim of liberating Schiller from his traditional role as the junior member of the Weimar partnership. . . . (T)he bulk of the constituent material gives us a Schiller still vibrantly alive -- now, and in the foreseeable future. --Osman Durrani, MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW (A)n indispensable introduction to Schiller scholarship: it presents historicized research covering a broad range of Schiller's legacy, is extensively resourced, and demonstrates considerable self-reflexivity regarding international Germanistik. GOETHE YEARBOOK (A) rich, varied, and rewarding volume of scholarship. . . . (B)oth specialists and more casual readers of Schiller's works, and indeed those readers with an interest in the history of ideas, stand to benefit from a sustained reading of the learned meditations contained within it. FOCUS ON GERMAN STUDIES (T)he premise of the book's conception (is) fully to be accepted, and finds realization in a number of important contributions that broaden and deepen our knowledge about Schiller's illusionless realism, his understanding of politics, his philosophical position, his critique of religion, and his skeptical treatment of historical experience in his poetic and theoretical works. GERMANISTIK
Divided into five parts covering drama and poetry, aesthetics and philosophy, history and politics, reception and "Schiller Now", the essays reveal Schiller as a dramatist of melancholy, a "poet of Mourning", and an Enlightenment historian, to mention just three of the wide variety of perspectives offered . . . (a) useful contemporary collection. Recommended. CHOICE (P)ositions itself - rightly - over and against the mid-century creation of a politically naïve, if not dangerous, Schiller, who cartoonishly embodied the backlash within Anglo-American circles against German politics and German idealism. . . . (T)his collection is a conscious effort not only to avoid reducing Schiller to any of his readily identifiable personae, but also to interrogate the twentieth-century scholarly trends that have made this reduction something that must be avoided. GERMAN QUARTERLY
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Table of Contents

Foreword Jeffrey L. High Nicholas Martin Norbert Oellers xi

Acknowledgments xv

List of Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Why Is This Schiller [Still] in the United States? Jeffrey L. High 1

Part I Schiller, Drama, and Poetry

1 Lenz und Schiller. Die erlebnissymptomatische Dramensprache Hans H. Hiebel 25

2 Melancholy in Schiller's Dramas Matthew Bell 37

3 Schillers Ästhetik der Trauer. Der Dichter als "elegischer" Lyriker und Dramatiker Ehrhard Bahr 55

4 Glühendes Wort zum Ideal über der versagenden Realität - zu Schillers Balladen Peter Pabisch 69

5 Zwischen Max Piccolomini und Buttler. Wallensteins Orts- und Zeitverluste Norbert Oellers 81

Part II Schiller, Aesthetics, and Philosophy

6 Die Moralphilosophie des jungen Schiller. Ein, Kantianer ante litteram' Laura Anna Macor 99

7 Aesthetic Humanism and Its Foes: The Perspective from Halle David Pugh 116

8 Zur kulturpolitischen Dynamik des ästhetischen Spiels in Schillers Briefen Ueber die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen Bernd Fischer 133

9 Die Empfänglichkeit für den ästhetischen Schein ist das a priori des Schönen in Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft. Das Orientierende in Schillers Forderung der ästhetischen Erziehung des Menschen Fritz Heuer 147

10 Energy and Schiller's Aesthetics from the "Philosophical" to the Aesthetic Letters John A. McCarthy 165

11 "Making Other People's Feelings Our Own": From the Aesthetic to the Political in Schiller's Aesthetic Letters María del Rosario Acosta López 187

Part III Schiller, History, and Politics

12 Schiller und die Demokratie Yvonne Nilges 205

13 God's Warriors, Mercenaries, or Freedom Fighters? Politics, Warfare, and Religion in Schiller's Geschichte des Dreyeigjährigen Kriegs Elisabeth Krimmer 217

14 Who Is This Black Knight? Schiller's Maid of Orleans and (Mythological) History Erik B. Knoedler 236

15 Religion and Violence in Schiller's Late Tragedies Wolfgang Riedel 247

16 So Who Was Naive? Schiller as Enlightenment Historian and His Successors T. J. Reed 271

Part IV Schiller Reception - Reception and Schiller

17 Schiller and the Gothic - Reception and Reality Jennifer Driscoll Colosimo 287

18 Schiller's Plays on the British Stage, 1797-1825 Frederick Burwick 302

19 From Martyr to Vampire: The Figure of Mary Stuart in Drama from Vondel to Swinburne Ritchie Robertson 321

20 A Chapter of Schiller in America: The First World War and Volume 3 of Kuno Francke's Edition of The German Classics Jeffrey L. Sammons 340

21 The Reluctant Recruit? Schiller in the Trenches, 1914-1918 Nicholas Martin 351

22 Schiller - Kommerell - George. Eine Konstellation der Moderne Jörg Robert 367

23 Was sagte dieser Schiller (damals)? Schillers Antworten auf seine Kritiker nach 1945 Henrik Sponsel 383

Part V Schiller Now

24 Maria Stuart Adaptations in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: From "Classical" Parodies to Contemporary Politics Dennis F. Mahoney 403

25 Whose Schiller Is This? Das Fremde und das Eigene in US Auslandsgermanistik Gail K. Hart 425

26 Schiller's Political Ideas: Who Cares? Paul E. Kerry 438

27 Where is This Schiller Now? Walter Hinderer 451

Notes on the Contributors 467

Index 473

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