The Ironic Dissident

The Ironic Dissident

Frank Wedekind in the View of his Critics

Ward B. Lewis


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Camden House



First survey of the critical reception of Wedekind's drama, poetry and prose in an historical chronology.
This volume examines the criticism generated not just by Wedekind's drama, but also by his often neglected poetry and prose, giving summaries of the historically important trends in their reception and offering a chronological survey of critical voices. Wedekind's works appeared from 1890 to shortly before his death in 1918: most were controversial, outraging the conventions, and late Victorian censorship restricted stage performance. During the Weimar Republic, Wedekind's work enjoyed great popularity on the stage, and although he was marginalised by the Third Reich, his reputation continued to grow after the Second World War; critics have emphasised his influence on Bertolt Brecht and the Expressionist movement (with which he is sometimes identified), and the Theatre of the Absurd, as represented by the Swiss playwrights Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. The late 1980s marked a renaissance in Wedekind research; however, The Ironic Dissident is the first work in any language to engage with the criticism of his poetry, prose, and individual dramas within an historical chronology.


March 1997
1 black and white illustrations
188 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781571130235
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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"The material is very useful for scholars trying to work their way through Wedekind criticism. The intelligent introductory essay reflects the critical judgment of a mature scholar in the field." CHOICE
Entertaining, well written, covers areas of major interest, contains useful bibliographies and has much to offer the reading public ... invaluable in coming to terms with the elusive poet. GERMANIC NOTES AND REVIEWS

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