Hofmannsthal e la commedia. Dalle prime esperienze alle opere della maturità: L'uomo difficile e L'incorruttibile

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Hofmannsthal and comedy. From the first experiences to the works of maturity: The difficult man and The incorruptible

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Abstract

This essay highlights Hofmannsthal’s development as a dramatist from his earlier poems and lyrical dramas to the later choice of the comedy as the theatrical genre which better met his idea of life as a universe crossed by a lot of mutual relationships, where everything is closely connected to each other, in analogy with Dante’s and Balzac’s concept of “human comedy”. The essay demonstrates how the comedy offers a response to the apparently insoluble antinomies and contradictions (chance vs necessity; becoming vs being) which troubled the protagonists of Hofmannsthal’s earlier dramas. Thus he creates a comedy which is at the same time deeply rooted in the European dramatic tradition and highly modern in the conception of the characters and of the genre of comedy itself. Even the traditional marriage motif is charged with an additional metaphysical worth which the author conceals under the surface of a light and frivolous conversation.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Hofmannsthal and comedy. From the first experiences to the works of maturity: The difficult man and The incorruptible
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)155-176
Number of pages22
JournalCULTURA TEDESCA
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Der Schwierige
  • Der Unbestechliche
  • Hofmannsthal
  • Komödie
  • commedia
  • hofmannsthal
  • incorruttibile
  • uomo difficile

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