Despite the benevolent intellectual climate of the 1960s in Germany which had witnessed a reappraisal of earlier attitudes towards the eighteenth century in general, and towards the
Aufklärung in particular, relatively little has since been done to pursue this stimulus to its logical conclusion – or to a discussion of possible conclusions. By looking beyond artificial literary classifications at the historical data and by accumulating detailed empirical evidence this study seeks to reappraise this situation, firstly by establishing a case which overcomes the traditional antithesis of
Sturm und Drang, and secondly by presenting a clear picture of the degree and nature of Lessing’s influence on German dramatists from Herder to Schiller.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. XIV, 280 pp., num. fig.
Contents: Aufklärung and Sturm und Drang: (Re-)Definitions – Lessing as precursor of the Sturm und
Drang before 1769 – Lessing’s Attitude towards Writers of the Sturm und Drang – Emilia Galotti – The Reception
of Lessing by the Sturm und Drang Writers