Johann von Goethe Wolfgang Criticism: Egmont: Ein Trauerspiel In FüNf AufzüGen - Essay

Edward T. Larkin (essay date spring 1991)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Larkin, Edward T. “Goethe's Egmont: Political Revolution and Personal Transformation.” Michigan Germanic Studies 17, no. 1 (spring 1991): 28-50.

[In the following essay, Larkin explores the significance of political revolution in Egmont, deeming it a “means toward societal transformation and political self-determination.”]

One of the central issues in Goethe's Egmont, as indicated by the author's recollection in 1825 of the revolutionary events in the Netherlands in 1786, concerns the desirability of revolution as a means toward societal transformation and political self-determination.1 One can distinguish the play's...

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David G. John (essay date 1998)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: John, David G. “Margarete von Parma in Goethe's Egmont: Text and Performance.” In Queering the Canon: Defying Sights in German Literature and Culture, edited by Christoph Lorey and John L. Plews, pp. 126-41. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1998.

[In the following essay, John examines the role of cross-dressing in Egmont, asserting that it is “not always a matter of gender crossing, but can be a political transfer even within one sex.”]

In her stimulating collection of essays, Outing Goethe and His Age, Alice A. Kuzniar includes a contribution by W. Daniel Wilson, “Amazon, Agitator, Allegory: Political and Gender Cross(-Dress)ing in...

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