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Far from being a forerunner of Weimar Classicism or an addendum to the Enlightenment, the Sturm und Drang is best seen as part of an autonomous culture of impatience—as literature in which Germans, frustrated with their fragmented land, simulated a sense of power and effectiveness that political realities did not afford. This impatience drove not only authors and the characters they created; it also drew in German audiences and readers ready to partake vicariously in national sentiments that they otherwise could not have experienced. Alan Leidner sees Lavater's work as a model for dealing with a limiting culture, Goethe's Werther as a subtly arrogant figure, the drama of the Kraftmensch as a literature legitimizing the violence of its protagonists, the famous split in the Urfaust as the result of Goethe's resistance to the impatience that led many writers to fabricate a German nation that did not exist, and Schiller's Die Räuber as a liberating ritual that allowed German audiences to enjoy temporary feelings of national community. He concludes his study with an analysis of J. M. R. Lenz, whose texts recoil unequivocally in the face of the impatient muse.

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  1. Half-title
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  1. Series Note
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Impatient Muse
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  1. 2. What They Saw in Lavater
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  1. 3. Werther’s Arrogance
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  1. 4. A Titan in Extenuating Circumstances: Sturm und Drang and the Kraftmensch
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. 5. The Forgotten Drama: Goethe’s Early Draft of Faust
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  1. 6. A Fleeting Sense of Germany: Schiller’s Die Räuber
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  1. 7. The Patient Art of J. M. R. Lenz
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469656731
Related ISBN
9781469656724
MARC Record
OCLC
1149404900
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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