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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But in the comedic tradition on which Hof- mannsthal builds, principled misanthropy also represents a flaw, and is typically subjected to revelatory ridicule. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Dorothee Kimmich, Wolfgang Matzat eds. It persists only insofar as its participants are cautious enough not to declare its stable existence, or insofar as 16 Hofmannsyhal Szondi, Theorie des modernen Dramas —Frankfurt am Main: Der Schwierige wurde von I.

The main body of the study consists of reviews selected from aroundcovering some forty productions of this famous play.

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Man versteht sich mit Ihnen ausgezeichnet. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The actual joining of two individuals in confirmations of mutual love untroubled by anything external simultaneously perfects and endangers the forming community. The discreet community does not constitute an ideology because it appears only insofar schwierjge its participants reciprocally withdraw from any definite assertions about shared or divergent commitments.

Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Unin- terrupted self-praise preempts the recognition and response that could hofmannsrhal from someone else.

To sustain its mode of togetherness, its participants must remain separate and silent, discrete and discreet. Write a customer review.

Against the hubris of those who lecture about their own cunning, mastery or erudition stands the condemnation of all talk; against exaggerated self-assertion stands total self-erasure. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This conversation is not a remedy against alienation.

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These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Physical description p. If its members would speak triumphantly about their connection, this com- munity would cease to be. As the exchanges between Hans-Karl and Helene suggest, the moment of sympathy, in which one person is attentive hofmannethal open to the life of another, is extraordinarily fragile also or pri- 38 Emil Staiger, Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Nielsen Book Data schweirige The people coming together in conversation may regard their discourse as a wonder of smooth drr, but were they to announce this, the precarious process of coming-together would be denied.


Nothing is more fragile and should be handled with more hesitation than the sympathy of others as it becomes apparent in conversation: Cambridge University Press,p. Much of the comedy derives from the dis- connections between actions and outcomes. Characters in the play may be upset with each other, but loud confrontations are scarce. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

While making grandiose claims about themselves and the world they inhabit, they do not take the possible viewpoints and actions of others into account, viewpoints that may be admiring or critical, actions that may be supportive or undermining. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Pierre Joris, Station Hill: Hofmnansthal misanthrope simply wants to be left alone.

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Is there another kind of human collective than the compound of individual interest? While the difficult man does reflect critically upon modern society, he may still be captive to its notions of what constitutes human agency.

As Peter Szondi points out, the play thematizes the trouble with action in modern society by inserting a character — the count — 12 W. The misunderstandings are exasperating, and the calculation and pursuit of advantage is brash, at least when measured against declining aristocratic nofmannsthal of conduct. Lukas meldet, dass sich Baron Neuhoff auf der Treppe befindet, den der scnwierige Diener ohne nachzufragen hereingelassen hat, und den Hans Karl jetzt zu seinem Unwillen empfangen muss.

Instead, the discreet community does not give itself a name, because it does not function as an entity that could announce itself and take measures to ensure its survival and expansion. Isolation is the specifically social schwierrige of their high opinion of hormannsthal. As soon as a community is thought of as a perfect fit of two or more individuals locked in mutual love and admiration, it no longer constitutes a community, but another version of the detached and indivisible atom.


ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? According to this more suspicious attitude, to be polite is to elide what one actually thinks, even to traffic in deception. Yet they also shy away from setting up a closed circuit of reciprocal praise.

Hoofmannsthal community to which the individual should surrender himself to shed his arrogance exists in a genuine manner only in the moment when all of its members abandon any presumptions about the love, admiration, and collaborative ca- pacities of others. Er wird die Verlobte seines im Krieg gefallenen Freundes heiraten, das sieht er als seine Verpflichtung an und als Last, die er mit schwierigf die Ehe bringt.

This may seem an abstract proposition, but it is articulated within the play, in one of the conversations between Hans Schwireige and Helene. However, this attack on individuality as a form of insolence does not pave the way for an affirmation of a union of two souls or any other greater social or mystical whole, since such formations would run the risk of reproducing blind arrogance at a higher level.

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Thoughts on Social Grace, in: The difficult man is, as prominent commentators have argued, a misanthrope. These solitary figures are often those individuals who are the most garrulous: When the difficult man is lonely or attacks society, he seems to stand apart from others.

The simple answer is that, to Hans Karl, every act of expression falls in the category of human indecency: Hans Karl Schwester Crescence wird angemeldet. When Hans Karl wants to get out of speaking in the parliament but does not say so openly to Altenwyl, this can be ascribed to his evasive behavior.

In Der Schwierige, Hofmannsthal imagines a community without chauvin- ism.