Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige. I. Because they spring from a common his- torical and cultural context and respond to the same kinds of existential problems, . Original language, English. Title of host publication, Landmarks in German Comedy. Editors, Peter Hutchinson. Publisher or commissioning body, Peter Lang. In his comedy Der Schwierige, Hugo von Hofmannsthal imagines a community Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play Der Schwierige, a work that enjoys a relatively.

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Nothing is more fragile and should be handled with more hesitation than the sympathy of others sdhwierige it becomes apparent in conversation: The medium of this community is discretion; it is left unsaid. Wilhelm Fink,p.

Hans Karl perceives the ludicrousness of self-regard. Get to Know Us. Hofenberg July 28, Language: Publisher’s Summary This anthology of theatre reviews documents the reception of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s comedy Der Schwierige by theatre critics between the premiere of the play and the poet’s centennial year.

The play presents these figures ironically: Er sei fest entschlossen, seine Mutter sei einverstanden, geradezu begeistert. Lustspiel in drei Akten, Frankfurt am Main: Alan Charles Kors ed. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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Two superficially plausible but ultimately inadequate answers can be dealt with here. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Figures within the play are good at declaring strong opinions on all kinds of matters, and they are all portrayed as rude or deluded. Much of the comedy derives from the dis- connections between actions and outcomes.


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A conversation may have any number of themes, but does not tolerate any definite agenda. Vinzenz ist sehr zufrieden mit der sich abzeichnenden Situation eines Lebens in einem Junggesellenhaushalt: Once one has relinquished all claims to superiority as an individual, one cannot re-emerge as a secure member of a harmoniously unified and stable collective.

Yet the rejection of all human contact would, of course, also eliminate any possible counter-con- ceptions of community. This community — discreetly sketched out or hinted at in conversation rather than presented in the semi-lecture form pre- ferred by so many of the characters — provides an antidote to the excesses of self- praise and denunciation.

Read more Read less. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Yet they also shy away from setting up a closed circuit of reciprocal praise. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Princeton University Press,p. Ships from and sold by Amazon. It is not quite enough to leave the city behind and live alone in nature; one has to disappear completely as a being.

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In contrast, the exquisitely polite do not parade their views, but rather seek to set up opportunities for others around them to speak. Help Center Find new research papers in: Modern Austrian Literature 10,1, p. If society is defined in terms of the outcomes of self-interested individual action, it lends itself to comedic representation, at least in so far as these outcomes tend to frustrate purposive human activity. Characters in the play may be upset with each other, hofmannsthal loud confrontations are scarce.


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Its emergence is also inseparable from the practice of politeness, or the art of keeping quiet. Columbia University Press,p. Series Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture Unnumbered.

It is this radical stance that makes Hans Karl a misanthrope: Unin- terrupted self-praise preempts the recognition and response that could come from someone else. Public Culture 14,p. To sustain its mode of togetherness, its participants must remain separate and silent, dis- crete and discreet.

The sympathy one encounters must therefore be approached with great discretion: Around Hans Karl, a series of very determined characters set themselves ambitious goals material security, marital bliss, fame and then go on to fail briskly and vigorously once they encounter others, on whose attitudes and choices their success ultimately de- pends.

This conversation is not a remedy against alienation. A more satisfying answer to the question of a human collective beyond the energies and mechanisms of hodmannsthal society can be found in the notion of a discreet community. Dezember um Nor can the problem of society, or the problem that is society, be remedied by means of successfully coordinated collective action, unhampered by any confusion in the sense of misunderstandings and conflicting purposes.

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