Politics and the playwright: J.M.R. Lenz and Die 'Soldaten'

Authors
Citation
J. Gibbons, Politics and the playwright: J.M.R. Lenz and Die 'Soldaten', MOD LANG R, 96, 2001, pp. 732-746
Citations number
31
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
96
Year of publication
2001
Part
3
Pages
732 - 746
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(200107)96:<732:PATPJL>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
Taken as an end in itself, Die Soldaten, and above all its ending, has spaw ned much confusion. Once acknowledged as part of a process spanning several texts, a close reading reveals that, from its inception, Lenz has written a play that looks beyond itself. His adaptation of the burgerliches Trauers piel exposes drama as an inadequate vehicle for social criticism; rather it is used in an attempt to gain access to the corridors of power. As such, D ie Soldaten heralds a break from the politically marginalized Sturm und Dra ng and a move towards the Aufklarung, more precisely the practical governan ce of enlightened absolutism.