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A Critique of Lenz’s Art of Scenic Variation

  • Edward Batley

Abstract

That Lenz’s theatre exerted a seminal influence, is established beyond question in the documentation of its reception in literature, drama and music, recent illustrations of which are discussed by Peter Petersen and Hans-Gerd Winter in their article for the first volume of the new Lenz-Jahrbuch.1 That his theatre was distinctive, contributed in no small measure to its seminal influence. Some of its features are more distinctive than others, one of them, it is claimed, his art of scenic variation, an organic part of the characteristic cluster identified by Inbar as the “Prinzip der Handlungsstränge, Variation, Episodik”.2 The task of this paper is to establish how far a critical assessment of Lenz’s contribution to the art of scenic variation can support such a claim.

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  1. 1.
    Peter Petersen and Hans-Gerd Winter, “Das Musiktheater als Sonderzweig der produktiven Rezeption von J. M. R. Lenz’ Dramen und Dramentheorie,” Lenz Jahrbuch, 1 (1991), 9–58; see also Hans-Gerd Winter, J. M. R. Lenz, Sammlung Metzler, 233 (Stuttgart, 1987 ), pp. 112–82.Google Scholar
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    Eva Maria Inbar, Shakespeare in Deutschland: Der Fall Lenz,Studien zur deutschen Literatur, 67 (Tübingen, 1982), p. 223.Google Scholar
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    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Sämtliche Werke,ed. Karl Lachmann and Franz Muncker, 15 vols (rpt. Berlin, 1979), IX, 190.Google Scholar
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    The Rhetoric, Poetic, and the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle,trans. Thomas Taylor, 2 vols (London, 1818), I, 297–98.Google Scholar
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    Werke,5 parts in 4 vols (Kopenhagen, 1771 ff.). Vergleichung Shakespears und Andreas Gryphs bey Gelegenheit einer Uebersetzung von Shakespears Julius Cäsar,Part 3, pp. 29–64, here p. 60.Google Scholar
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    Max Halbe, “Der Dramatiker Reinhold Lenz. Zu seinem hundertjährigen Geburtstage,” Die Gesellschaft, 8 (1892), 568–82.Google Scholar
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    See Friedrich Voit, J. M. R. Lenz, Der Hofmeister,Erläuterungen und Dokumente (Stuttgart, 1986), p. 8.Google Scholar

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