Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


As the Enlightenment progresses, error in multiple discourses is increasingly embraced, and its location shifts from the moral to the physical realm. Building on analysis of acting treatises, medical texts, juridical developments, and dramas by Lessing, Schiller, Diderot, and Kleist, this chapter suggests that the shift in dramatic explorations of error in what is here termed the “Epoch of Error” reflects a paradigm shift from semiotic interests of the Enlightenment to phenomenological preoccupations pertaining to individual experience, concerns that will form the core of Romanticism.


Diderot errorError theaterTheater tragedyTragedy Tragic Flaw 
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  1. 1.Montclair State UniversityMontclairUSA

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