Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 32

Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...must be so complete as to prevent the entrance of inquiry to dispel illusion. The man of the cliffs in "Der Traum ein Leben" is in Fontane's opinion (1878) a poetic conception, but the figure may approach dangerously near the ludicrous in presentation.' On the other hand, it is possible to mar the efiect of burlesque by too great realism in staging.' 'Even the early Shakspere reports show clearly the distinctions Fontane would make for staging on the basis of the inherent esthetic demand of the drama in question. History, tragedy, and comedy require on the whole difierent treatment; but within the groups, also, individual variation is necessary, and the basis for decision must be the maintenance of proportion in order to give externalities the real advantage of ornament by preventing them from intruding upon poetic power. Within the history group, for example, "Richard II" and "King John" present to the manager a problem less diflicult than that of "Henry VIII?" The lyric continuity of the first two plays gives the necessary artistic support for the superinduced burden of material pomp. In the third, less evenly constructed, poetry alternates with spectacle: what passes before the eye here must at times discharge alone the function in which poetry should normally never have less than an equal share. The histories demand in general, from their very nature, more faithful reflection of fact in stage-detail than the other groups of plays. They have less dramatic value and attain their full worth therefore only through accurate revival of what has once been reality. The manager who would stage the chronicles must do more, therefore, than ofier to his public a picture more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236863615
  • 9781236863614