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No HamletsGerman Shakespeare from Nietzsche to Carl Schmitt$
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Andreas Höfele

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718543.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
Introduction
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No Hamlets
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Andreas Höfele

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718543.003.0001

The introduction states the aim of the book—to give a critical account of the role of Shakespeare in Germany’s intellectual tradition of the political Right from 1871 to the post-Second World War era—and provides the necessary background information: the historical origins of the formula ‘Germany is Hamlet’ and the reasons for its periodic rejection; an overview of German Shakespeare reception up to the mid-nineteenth century and an overview of the development towards national unity from the Napoleonic Wars to the foundation of the German Empire. The introduction also proposes a set of criteria common to positions of the intellectual Right from Nietzsche to Carl Schmitt and gives a brief outline of the chapters of the book.

Keywords:   Shakespeare in Germany, German Hamletism, German Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Revolution of 1848, the intellectual Right, Goethe, Schiller, Ferdinand Freiligrath, Friedrich Nietzsche

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