Johann von Goethe Wolfgang Criticism: GöTz Von Berlichingen - Essay

Criticism: GöTz Von Berlichingen

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Lange, Horst. “Wolves, Sheep, and the Shepherd: Legality, Legitimacy, and Hobbesian Political Theory in Goethe's Götz von Berlichingen.Goethe Yearbook 10 (2001): 1-30.

[In the following essay, Lange provides a historical reading of Götz von Berlichingen and asserts that “the play is to a large extent a reflection upon the difficulties Enlightenment social contract theory faced in accounting for the legitimacy of the modern state.”]

Goetz de Berlichingen … est heureusement choisi pour représenter quelle étoit l'indépendance des nobles avant que l'autorité de gouvernement pesât sur tous. Dans le moyen âge,...

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