6z H. P. Frye: *· H. Brown, Nature's Hidden Terror Robert H. Brown, Nature's Hidden Terror. Violent Nature Imagery in Eighteenth-Century Germany. (Studies in German Litcrature, Linguistics, and Culture 69) Camden House, Columbia, S.C. 199»· »48 S., $ 47-· For some timc now, the secularization of nature portrayal and the bourgeoisification (Verbürgerlichung) of literature have been major ehernes in the discussion of eighteenth-century German literature. Rarely, however, have these developments been sei in relation to each other. Robert Brown offers just such a juxtaposition in this revjsion of his dissertation (Universiry of California at Berkeley, 1990), arguing that violent nature imagery in several works of the Sturm und Drang expresses less a call to social change than reservations toward it. Brown establishes the context for his discussions of Gerstenberg's Ugolino, Goethe's Werther and Schiller's Rauher in two introductory chapters. The first of these (entitled ,,Nature Imagery and Social Change", although the emphasis is on nature rather than imagery) traces the development of nature myth äs expressed in the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve and in the locus amoenus, connecting the two versions through the notion of nature's violence äs punishment for pride (äs in the
Arbitrium - Zeitschrift für Rezensionen zur germanistischen Literaturwissenschaft – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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