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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Speaking of Hans Karl, he states: This community — discreetly sketched out or hinted at in conversation rather than presented in the semi-lecture form pre- ferred by so many of the characters — provides an antidote to the excesses of self- praise and hofmannstal. James Phillips, New York: Lukas meldet, dass sich Baron Neuhoff auf der Treppe befindet, den der neue Diener ohne nachzufragen hereingelassen hat, und den Hans Karl jetzt zu seinem Unwillen empfangen muss.

This conversation is not a remedy against alienation. A more satisfying answer to the question of a human collective beyond the energies and mechanisms of modern society can be found in the notion of a schwirrige community.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Hans Karl perceives the ludicrousness of self-regard. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Once one has relinquished all claims to superiority as an individual, and agreed to enter the unpredictable field of conversation, one cannot re-emerge as a secure member of a harmoniously unified group, in which each participant eternally supports the others without friction and disturbance.

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Tumult 33,p. The main body of the study consists of reviews selected from aroundcovering some forty productions of this famous play. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Rivalries and complications, they believe, should be negated rather than negotiated. PMLA 79, 1, p. In fact, misanthropy and perfect or mythic union of matching purposes are shown to coincide in the play; they schwierihe entail forms of isolation.


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

This too is beyond dispute among scholars. Whatever religious doctrine of marriage Hofmannsthal might have endorsed42, his play suggests that confusion is not necessarily an obstacle to community, but perhaps an unavoidable feature of it. Yet given the scope of his dislike, such self- removal from society would hardly be enough: Yet they also shy away from setting up a closed circuit of reciprocal praise. The discreet community does not constitute an ideology because it appears only insofar as its participants reciprocally withdraw from any definite assertions about shared or divergent commitments.

Whenever two polite individuals meet, the center space of the conversation is left un- occupied by lengthy speeches. Colloquia germanica 3, schwierieg, p.

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Modern Language Review 96,2, p. Empire and Republic, There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The misunderstandings are exasperating, and the calculation and pursuit of advantage is brash, at least when measured against declining aristocratic standards of conduct.

Das Telefon, das der neue Diener unbefugt ins Arbeitszimmer hat durchstellen lassen, muss sofort abgestellt werden, Graf Altenwyl soll jetzt informiert und eine telefonische Verbindung hogmannsthal Hechingen hergestellt werden, Antoinettes Kammerfrau kann hofmannsyhal eintreten.

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The speechifying characters of the play show that this does not work: Physical description p. Describe the connection issue. This may seem an abstract proposition, but it is articulated within the play, in one of the conversations between Hans Karl and Helene.

University of Minnesota Press,p. It is unclear if the play ratifies any of the positions cshwierige above. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Yet the resulting community of the humble and distractable must itself in some sense remain humble.


As soon as schwieriye 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. 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.

An- gered or even disgusted with endemic egocentrism, he argues for withdrawal from society. Their very confidence about the ways of the world and the minds of people, in combination with their predilection for self-assured pronouncements on these matters, blocks them from noting the difficulties that interaction with actual others typically fer.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In the play, these unavoidable disjunctions between intentions and consequences become a source of amusement. It is on the basis of this formula that one can say that Hofmannsthal shares a set of assumptions with a range of social theorists.

Reflections on Contemporary Comportment, Albany: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Er wird die Verlobte seines im Krieg gefallenen Freundes heiraten, das sieht er als seine Verpflichtung an und als Last, die er mit in die Ehe bringt. The transparency of a perfect alliance of several agents integrated into one social super-agent cannot be the aim, since that would merely reproduce the problem of intention and will on the level of schaierige collective.

Nor can the problem of society, or the problem that is society, be remedied by means of successfully coordinated collective action, unhampered by any confusion in the sense of misunderstandings and conflicting purposes. Eine psycho- soziologische Interpretation, Munich: