A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller (Studies in by Steven D. Martinson

By Steven D. Martinson

Friedrich Schiller isn't really in basic terms one among Germany's most popular poets. he's additionally one of many significant German members to global literature. In Germany, Schiller celebrations and commemorations nonetheless play a task within the formation of public opinion, and the timeless phrases he gave to characters resembling Marquis Posa in Don Carlos and Wilhelm inform within the eponymous drama proceed to underscore the necessity for human freedom. Schiller cultivated wish within the actualization of ethical wisdom via aesthetic schooling and demanding mirrored image, resulting in his perfect of a extra humane humanity. whilst, he was once totally cognizant of the issues that attend a number of kinds of idealism. but for Schiller, finally, love is still the gravitational heart of the universe and of human lifestyles, and past existence and loss of life pleasure prevails. This selection of state-of-the-art essays via a number of the world's best Schiller specialists constitutes a milestone in scholarship that's quite well timed in view of the two hundredth anniversary of the poet's loss of life in 2005. unique consciousness is given to either the paradigm shifts in Schiller's paintings in its improvement over the years and the indelible imprint of the early writings on his later works. The participants additionally stay delicate to the a number of degrees on which the poet used to be operating. the quantity contains in-depth discussions of Schiller's significant dramatic and poetic works, his essays on aesthetics, and his actions as historian, anthropologist, and physiologist, in addition to of his relation to the ancients and of Schiller reception in twentieth-century Germany. individuals: Steven D. Martinson, Walter Hinderer, David Pugh, Otto Dann, Werner von Stransky-Stranka-Greifenfels, J. M. van der Laan, Rolf-Peter Janz, Lesley Sharpe, Norbert Oellers, Dieter Borchmeyer, Karl S. Guthke, Wulf Koepke.

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MARTINSON It is not coincidental that justice and atonement are two of the golden threads that link Schiller’s writings, in drama (Die Räuber and Maria Stuart), prose narratives (Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre), and poetry (“Die Kraniche des Ibykus” [The Cranes of Ibycus]). After all, before having undertaken the study of medicine, Schiller had studied law, albeit for a short time. Although some minimal research is available in this area, the relationship between Schiller’s writings, jurisprudence, and various other concepts of law in the later eighteenth century is still an open field of scholarship.

Above all, it was Jakob Friedrich Abel (1751–1829) who introduced the young Schiller to the important medical discourses of the time. 3 The eclectic Abel appears to have promoted an open and critical discussion of both schools of thought. But, like his two students Friedrich Wilhelm von Hoven and Schiller (Riedel, 1993, 211–20), he advanced the psycho-physiological perspective. In his introductory note to Anthropologie für Ärzte und Weltweise (1772), Platner provided a definition that guided contemporary discussions of the matter.

Cotta, 1830. Zeller, Bernhard. Schiller: Eine Bildbiographie. Munich: Kindler, 1958. Intellectual-Historical Settings Schiller’s Philosophical Aesthetics in Anthropological Perspective Walter Hinderer F RIEDRICH SCHILLER, KNOWN FROM TIME TO TIME, both positively and negatively, as the German Shakespeare, was not only one of the greatest German playwrights but also one of the first modern European intellectuals. It is no accident that we find in his Über naive und sentimentale Dichtung (On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry, 1795–96) a kind of aesthetics of modernity, one that left visible traces in the theoretical writings of the Early Romantics.

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