From Baroque to Storm and Stress 1720-1775: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

From Baroque to Storm and Stress 1720-1775

1st Edition

By Friedhelm Radandt


206 pages

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Originally published in 1977, this volume traces the development of literary forms and themes and of movements and schools, during the overtly philosophical age. It begins with the prominent poets of the 1720s and 1730s: Brockes, Hagedorn and Haller. It charts the many attempts at formulating poetic theory, particularly those of Gottsched, Bodmer and Breitnger. Emphasis is placed on the dramatic writings of J. E. Schlegel, Gellert and Ch. F. Weisse. Young Goethe’s creativity in all genres, Lenz’ and Klinger’s fascination with the stage and the lyric poetry of the Göttinger Hain explains the effectiveness of the Sturm und Drang.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Philosophical Features of the Age of Enlightenment in Germany 1. The Determining Factors: A Diversity of Approaches 2. A New Reading Public 3. The Philosophical Assumptions 4. The Historical Background Part 2: Rationalism and Classicism 1. New Approaches 2. New Norms: Gottsched Part 3: Sentimentalism and the Spirit of Rococo 1. The Challenge from Switzerland: Bodmer and Breitinger 2. The Challenge from Germany 3. Diversity in Drama: Krüger and Weisse 4. Diversity in Poetry 5. The Use of Satire: Liscow, Rabner and Zachariae Part 4. New Standards 1. Klopstock and the Development of Lyric Poetry 2. Wieland and the Development of the Novel 3. Lessing and the Development of Drama Part 5: Sturm und Drang 1. A Change in Direction 2. Young Goethe 3. Fascination with the Stage 4. Drawn to Nature: The ‘Göttinger Hain’ 5. A Critical Look at the Period: Lichtenburg

About the Author

Friedhelm Radandt was Professor of German at Lake College, Illinois, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

Originally published between 1938 and 1996, the volumes in this set provide a survey of German poetry, prose and fiction from the Middle Ages to the late 20th Century. In many cases no prior knowledge of German is necessary, as translations into English are provided. Many of the books focus particularly on German writers and literature from an international perspective.

The books:

  • Analyse Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism.

  • Include discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.


  • Provide guidebooks through the masses of periodicals and allows the English side of the Anglo-German literary relationship to be explored in detail.

  • Present a detailed analysis of the major literary movements in Austria and Germany from the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the Third Reich


  • Examine two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends

  • Survey the development of political writing in the former Federal Republic of Germany, Illustrating the connections between literature and politics


  • Elucidate the concealed meanings in some of the more obscure writings of great authors such as Goethe

  • Provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German