Franz Grillparzer

Franz Grillparzer

A Century of Criticism

Ian F. Roe


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Camden House



A comprehensive survey of literary criticism about one of Austria's most significant dramatists.
Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872) was the leading Austrian dramatist of the nineteenth century; his plays were and are frequently performed at the famous Burgtheater in Vienna. However, his works have always eluded easy definition; he himself acknowledged that his plays were shaped by many different literary influences. Critics agree only that he is a fascinating synthesis of contrasting elements, and recently the modern aspects of his work have been stressed, such as his questioning of moral absolutes and his refusal to offer easy solutions. The psychological realism of his character portrayal and the subtleties of his language also reveal Grillparzer as a writer whose stylistic characteristics foreshadow those of modern literature.
In this first comprehensive survey of the critical literature devoted to Grillparzer, Dr Roe highlights the main critical debates and provides a chronological account of the developments, through misunderstanding or neglect, to his political appropriation by the Nazis, and the recent domination of sociological and psychoanalytical schools of thought.


July 1995
184 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781571130082
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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"A very intelligent introduction to the critical situation surrounding Grillparzer in which the author examines the principle axes of criticism." ETUDES GERMANIQUES
"... a gold mine." GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

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