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A titan in extenuating circumstances: Sturm und Drang and the Kraftmensch

Leidner, Alan C.

PMLA, March, 1989, Vol.104(2), p.178(12) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    A titan in extenuating circumstances: Sturm und Drang and the Kraftmensch
  • Autor: Leidner, Alan C.
  • Assuntos: Literature -- Social Aspects ; German Literature -- 18th Century Ad
  • É parte de: PMLA, March, 1989, Vol.104(2), p.178(12)
  • Descrição:

    Sturm und Drang's self-critique of its rebellious impulses resembles Kant's virtually contemporaneous struggle to formulate the principle of autonomy, for both involve the reconciliation of individual freedom with rules that can make such freedom accountable. Dramas of Goethe, Klinger, and Schiller acknowledge the need for principles of accountability by presenting the violent Kraftmensch within plots designed to justify the figure's actions. The frequent repetition of words and phrases in the drama of Sturm und Drang is part of the tradition's search for repeatable rules within the scope of its own impulsiveness. Among major writers of Sturm und Drang, only J. M. R. Lenz avoids depicting the Kraftmensch. Because Lenz will not mitigate the culpability of his characters, his drama can deal more honestly with problems of freedom and individuality.


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