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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Rivalries and complications, they believe, should be negated rather than negotiated. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. One tra- ditional site of such modesty is the conversation, understood as hfomannsthal practice of moderate self-effacement for the benefit of a discursive back and forth among interlocutors. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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hofkannsthal Lustspiel in drei Akten, Frankfurt am Main: Ein Kapitel gesellschaftlicher und literarischer Pragmatik im Frankreich des Customers who bought this item also bought. Hans Karl may have rid himself of narrow intentions, but his despair at mix-ups and apparent disorder is nonetheless premised on this instrumentalist understanding of individual action.

Modern Language Review 96,2, p. Peter Lang,p. If two individuals are non-intrusive with regard to each other, then they also acknowledge their co-presence as distinct persons. Through a detour, the isolation of boastfulness would then return. Without crystallizing as a group around a set of beliefs, the interlocutors cohere through a potentially endless sequence of acts of deference.


Whenever two polite individuals meet, the center space of the conversation is left un- occupied by lengthy speeches. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Gestures schwierigf triumph would only disperse the signs of recognition that one must receive from someone else, and treat a possibly transient moment of grace as if it were a lasting achievement.

It is not quite enough to leave the city behind and live alone in nature; one has to disappear completely as a being. Share your thoughts with other customers. A more satisfying answer to jofmannsthal question of a human collective beyond the energies and mechanisms of modern society can be found in the notion of a discreet community.

Unin- terrupted self-praise preempts the recognition and response that could come from someone else. Alan Charles Kors ed. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. An- gered or even disgusted with endemic egocentrism, he argues for withdrawal from society. Pierre Joris, Station Hill: When the difficult man is lonely or attacks society, hofmannstual seems to stand apart from others. Colloquia germanica 3,p.

Chauvinism can emerge on all levels of human life: Yet they also shy away from setting up hofkannsthal closed circuit of reciprocal praise.


Dorothee Kimmich, Wolfgang Matzat eds. In his final words, Hans Karl voices a radical response to a world of insufferably brazen individuals and inevitable confusions.

The speechifying characters of the play show that this does not work: However, this attack on individuality as a form of insolence does not pave the way for an affirmation of any greater social or mystical whole, since such formations would run the risk of reproducing arrogance at a higher level. The two tendencies are closely related: To sustain its mode of togetherness, its participants must remain separate and silent, dis- crete and discreet.

Hans Karl perceives the ludicrousness of self-regard.

In fact, misanthropy and perfect or mythic union of matching purposes are shown to coincide in the play; they both entail forms of isolation. Vinzenz ist sehr zufrieden mit der sich abzeichnenden Situation eines Lebens in einem Junggesellenhaushalt: Hugo von Hofmannsthal Erscheinungsjahr: This conversation is not a remedy against alienation. 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.