The Rehearsal of Revolution
Georg Büchner's Politics and his Drama Dantons Tod
Year of Publication: 1995
Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, Wien, 1995. 214 pp.
ISBN 978-3-906755-64-9 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.310 kg, 0.683 lbs
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Georg Büchner was one of the most radical revolutionaries of his time, but his drama Dantons Tod is often interpreted as an expression of political disillusionment because of its focus on the corruption and collapse of the French Revolution. This study shows that the failure of the French Revolution was a central theme of ideological controversy amongst the increasingly communist-orientated French republicans of the early 1830s. In the context of Büchner's close relationship with this movement, Dantons Tod is seen as a distinctive contribution to the doctrinal and operational debate on the extreme left. This book demonstrates how Büchner's dramatization of history served to develop and clarify his own revolutionary perspectives, not to put them in doubt.
Contents: The Student of Revolution - Living History - Varieties of Fatalism - The Pleasure Principle - Political Redemption - The Law of Anarchy.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Terence Michael Holmes (born 1942) studied at the University of Southampton and has been a Lecturer in German at the University of Wales, Swansea since 1966. His publications include articles on Goethe, Schiller, Keller, and Brecht, as well as a series of contributions to the Georg Büchner Jahrbuch.
«Sorgfältige Analysen von B.s Quellen und Texten sowie die konstruktive Auseinandersetzung mit der Sekundärliteratur bilden die Grundlage für diese anregende und überzeugende Arbeit.» (Karl Pörnbacher, Germanistik)
«Terry Holmes's interpretation of 'Dantons Tod' is a landmark in Büchner studies. It focuses in a single-minded way on Büchner's politics and provides a deeply researched and tightly argued analysis of the play as a political statement in line with Büchner's revolutionary stance.» (Rodney Livingstone, Modern Language Review)
British and Irish Studies in German Language and Literature. Vol. 12
Edited by H.S. Reiss und W.E. Yates