Who Is This Schiller Now?

Who Is This Schiller Now?

Essays on His Reception and Significance

Edited by Jeffrey L. High, Nicholas Martin, Norbert Oellers


Camden House



New essays by top international Schiller scholars on the reception of the great German writer and dramatist, emphasizing his realist aspects.
The works of Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) -- an innovative and resonant tragedian and an important poet, essayist, historian, and aesthetic theorist -- are among the best known of German and world literature. Schiller's explosive original artistry and feel for timely and enduring personal tragedy embedded in timeless sociohistorical conflicts remain the topic of lively academic debate. The essays in this volume address the many flashpoints and canonical shifts in the cyclically polarized reception of Schiller and his works, in pursuit of historical and contemporary answers to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's expression of frightened admiration in 1794: "Who is this Schiller?" The responses demonstrate pronounced shifts from widespread twentieth-century understandings of Schiller: the overwhelming emphasis here is on Schiller the cosmopolitan realist, and little or no trace is left of the ultimately untenable view of Schiller as an abstract idealist who turned his back on politics.

Contributors: Ehrhard Bahr, Matthew Bell, Frederick Burwick, Jennifer Driscoll Colosimo, Bernd Fischer, Gail K. Hart, Fritz Heuer, Hans H. Hiebel, Jeffrey L. High, Walter Hinderer, Paul E. Kerry, Erik B. Knoedler, Elisabeth Krimmer, Maria del Rosario Acosta López, Laura Anna Macor, Dennis F. Mahoney, Nicholas Martin, John A. McCarthy, Yvonne Nilges, Norbert Oellers, Peter Pabisch, David Pugh, T. J. Reed, Wolfgang Riedel, Jörg Robert, Ritchie Robertson, Jeffrey L. Sammons, Henrik Sponsel.

Jeffrey L. High is Associate Professor of German Studies at California State University Long Beach, Nicholas Martin is Reader in European Intellectual History at the University of Birmingham, and Norbert Oellers is Professor Emeritus of German Literature at the University of Bonn.


May 2011
4 black and white illustrations
512 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571134882
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, LIT004130
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Is This Schiller (Still) in the United States? - Jeffrey L. High
Lenz und Schiller. Die erlebnissymptomatische Dramensprache - Hans Hiebel
Melancholy in Schiller's Dramas - Matthew Bell
Schillers Ästhetik der Trauer. Der Dichter als "elegischer" Lyriker und Dramatiker - Ehrhard Bahr
Glühendes Wort zum Ideal über der versagenden Realität -zu Schillers Balladen - Peter Pabisch
Zwischen Max Piccolomini und Buttler. Wallensteins Orts- und Zeitverluste - Norbert Oellers
Die Moralphilosophie des jungen Schiller. Ein 'Kantianerante litteram' - Laura Anna Macor
Aesthetic Humanism and Its Foes: The Perspective from Halle - David V. Pugh
Zur kulturpolitischen Dynamik des ästhetischen Spiels in Schillers Briefen Ueber die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen - Bernd Fischer
Die Empfänglichkeit für den ästhetischen Schein ist das a priorides Schönen in Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft. Das Orientierendein Schillers Forderung der ästhetischen Erziehung des Menschen - Fritz Heuer
Energy and Schiller's Aesthetics from the "Philosophical" to the Aesthetic Letters - John A. McCarthy
"Making Other People's Feelings Our Own": From the Aesthetic to the Political in Schiller's Aesthetic Letters - María del Rosario Acosta
Schiller und die Demokratie - Yvonne Nilges
God's Warriors, Mercenaries, or Freedom Fighters? Politics, Warfare, and Religion in Schiller's Geschichte des Dreyigjährigen Kriegs - Elisabeth Krimmer
Who Is This Black Knight? Schiller's Maid of Orleans and (Mythological) History - Erik Knoedler
Religion and Violence in Schiller's Late Tragedies - Wolfgang Riedel
So Who Was Naive? Schiller as Enlightenment Historian and His Successors - T. J. Reed
Schiller and the Gothic - Reception and Reality - Jennifer Driscoll Colosimo
Schiller's Plays on the British Stage, 1797-1825 - Frederick Burwick
From Martyr to Vampire: The Figure of Mary Stuart in Drama from Vondel to Swinburne - Ritchie Robertson
A Chapter of Schiller in America: The First World War and Volume 3 of Kuno Francke's Edition of The German Classics - Jeffrey L Sammons
The Reluctant Recruit? Schiller in the Trenches, 1914-1918 - Nicholas Martin
Schiller - Kommerell - George. Eine Konstellation der Moderne - Jörg Robert
Was sagte dieser Schiller (damals)? Schillers Antworten auf seine Kritiker nach 1945 - Henrik Sponsel
Maria Stuart Adaptations in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: From "Classical" Parodies to Contemporary Politics - Dennis Mahoney
Whose Schiller Is This? Das Fremde und das Eigene in US Auslandsgermanistik - Gail K. Hart
Schiller's Political Ideas: Who Cares? - Paul E. Kerry
Where is This Schiller Now? - Walter Hinderer
Notes on Contributors


(D)emands attention not least for the great variety of approaches chosen by its well-qualified contributors, all of whom share the common aim of liberating Schiller from his traditional role as the junior member of the Weimar partnership. . . . (T)he bulk of the constituent material gives us a Schiller still vibrantly alive -- now, and in the foreseeable future. --Osman Durrani, MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

(A)n indispensable introduction to Schiller scholarship: it presents historicized research covering a broad range of Schiller's legacy, is extensively resourced, and demonstrates considerable self-reflexivity regarding international Germanistik. GOETHE YEARBOOK

(A) rich, varied, and rewarding volume of scholarship. . . . (B)oth specialists and more casual readers of Schiller's works, and indeed those readers with an interest in the history of ideas, stand to benefit from a sustained reading of the learned meditations contained within it. FOCUS ON GERMAN STUDIES

(T)he premise of the book's conception (is) fully to be accepted, and finds realization in a number of important contributions that broaden and deepen our knowledge about Schiller's illusionless realism, his understanding of politics, his philosophical position, his critique of religion, and his skeptical treatment of historical experience in his poetic and theoretical works. GERMANISTIK

Divided into five parts covering drama and poetry, aesthetics and philosophy, history and politics, reception and "Schiller Now", the essays reveal Schiller as a dramatist of melancholy, a "poet of Mourning", and an Enlightenment historian, to mention just three of the wide variety of perspectives offered . . . (a) useful contemporary collection. Recommended. CHOICE

(P)ositions itself - rightly - over and against the mid-century creation of a politically naïve, if not dangerous, Schiller, who cartoonishly embodied the backlash within Anglo-American circles against German politics and German idealism. . . . (T)his collection is a conscious effort not only to avoid reducing Schiller to any of his readily identifiable personae, but also to interrogate the twentieth-century scholarly trends that have made this reduction something that must be avoided. GERMAN QUARTERLY

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