This book, originally published in 1992, traces the discourse on the French Revolution in Germany and its contributors investigate the processes and results of adopting or rejecting the values of the French Revolution in Germany and reinterprets its documents in terms of their internalization. One of the questions discussed is whether the French Revolution is part of Germany’s progressive tradition, that is, whether it has been repressed or whether it constitutes a viable counter-discourse within the political culture. The first successful revolution in Germany – the ‘Velvet Revolution’ of Autumn 1989 does not fit the definition of ‘classic revolutions, but it ended in a change of power in Germany and in that respect, this book is an anatomy of German political consciousness before 1989.
Introduction Ehrhard Bahr 1. The French Revolution as Reflected in Germany Literature and Political Journals from 1789 – 1800 Gonthier-Louis Fink 3. Internalizing the Counter-Revolution: Wiland and the Illuminati Scare W. Daniel Wilson 4. Kant and the French Revolution Zwi Batscha 5. The Beautiful Society and the Symbolic Work of Art: The Anti-Revolutionary Origin of the Bildungsroman Bernd Witte 6. Gedankenfreiheit: From Political Reform to Aesthetic Revolution in Schiller’s Works Klaus L. Berghahn 7. Georg Forster and the Mainz Revolution Thomas P. Saine 8. The French Revolution and the German Romanticists Jens Kruse 9. Hölderlin and the French Revolution Günter Mieth 9. Heinrich Heine: The Revolution as Epic and Tragedy Jeffrey L. Sammons 10. The Literature in History: Büchner’s Danton and the French Revolution Herbert S. Lindenberger 11. Race, Revolution and Writing: Caribbean Texts by Anna Seghers Arlene A. Teraoka 12. Models of the French Revolution and Paradigm Change in Contemporary German Drama: Peter Weiss and Heiner Müller 13. Bibliography Ehrhard Bahr