First published in 1950. This present work examines the political, economic and social condition of Germany on literature, particular drama, in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries. The author explores drama both in its passive and active relations with the life of the time and with the theatre, the medium without the aid of which the possibilities of the drama as an art form remain only half realised. This title will be of interest to students of literature, drama, and theatre studies.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The Situation in 1700 2. Gottsched and the Regular Theatre 3. Theatre and Theory in the Age of Lessing 4. The Plays of Lessing’s Maturity 5. The Theatre of the ‘Seventies 6. The Literary Drama of the ‘Seventies, Storm and Stress, and Some Successors 7. The Young Schiller: The German Theatre of the ‘Eighties 8. The Early Blank Verse Dramas of Schiller and Goethe 9. The Weimar Court Theatre 10. Schiller’s Classical Plays and Goethe’s Faust, in Their Relation to the Theatre and the Public 11. Theatre, Drama and Public at the Death of Schiller; Appendix; Select Bibliography; Index of Plays; General Index