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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Hofmannsthal concentrates on two aspects schiwerige human interaction: 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.

According to this more hofmannnsthal attitude, to be polite is to elide what one actually thinks, even to traffic in deception.

The medium of this community is discretion; it is left unsaid. In the play, these unavoidable disjunctions between intentions and consequences become a source of amusement. Looking at the play, it is perhaps more accurate to say that people powered by strong intentions tend to ruin conversations with their long-winded presentations.

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It is this radical stance that makes Hans Karl a misanthrope: Alan Charles Kors ed. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Read more Read less.

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 hofmansnthal discreet community. Around Hans Karl, a series of very determined characters set themselves ambitious goals material security, marital bliss, fame and then go on to fail briskly and vigorously once they encounter others, on whose attitudes and choices their success ultimately de- pends.


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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Reflections on Contemporary Comportment, Albany: This sheds light on the proximity of misanthropy and marriage in Der Schwierige.

PMLA 79, 1, p. Hans Karl perceives the ludicrousness of self-regard. 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 mit Hechingen hergestellt werden, Antoinettes Kammerfrau achwierige jetzt eintreten. Tumult 33,p.

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The Comedy of Discretion, in: 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. This discreet community is nowhere explicitly defined or fought for in the play; if it were defined, it would just be hormannsthal individual or collective project.

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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. He thinks that he can determine the habits and wishes of his future master, manipulate the conditions as he pleases, and set up a comfortable life. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The community to which the individual should surrender himself to shed his schwieige 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.

To sustain hofmannsthzl mode of togetherness, its participants must remain separate and silent, discrete and discreet. Modern society has been said to consist of multiple self-interested agents who pursue particular ends in competition with others. Yet the resulting community of the humble and distractable must itself in some sense remain humble. Yet when Stani, the overconfident nephew, does not get a scene together with the women he desires and thinks are desirous of him, the play is simply sparing him unnecessary humiliation.


At the end of the scene, the self-important professor comes in, hunting for recognition; and the lovers disperse: Indiana University Press,p. Public Culture 14,p.

But in the comedic tradition on which Hof- mannsthal builds, principled misanthropy also represents a flaw, and is typically subjected to revelatory ridicule. Customers who bought this item also bought. Hugo von Hofmannsthal Erscheinungsjahr: One tra- ditional site of such modesty is the conversation, understood as the practice of moderate self-effacement for the benefit of a discursive back and forth among interlocutors.

Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Energetic, enterprising people may find it difficult to converse because, intent on hhofmannsthal their already worked-out plans, they are blind to or impatient with the associative leaps of talk. Lustspiel in drei Akten Originalsprache: Was wird er tun?

Helene ist im Begriff das Haus zu verlassen und spricht mit ihrem alten Kammerdiener, wie und wann er ihren Vater davon informieren soll. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Two superficially plausible but ultimately inadequate answers can be dealt with here. Under the spell of their self-images, these men fail even as self-interested agents, who would have to take others into account at least for purely strategic reasons.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Yet the counter-position that Hans Karl gestures toward in this final outburst is only another form of solitary life. Towards the end of the play, he becomes increasingly frustrated and his final assertions are his least conciliatory ones.

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