Search results: Found 3

Listing 1 - 3 of 3
Sort by
Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa

Authors: --- ---
Book Series: Open Book Classics ISSN: 2054216X 20542178 ISBN: 9781783740437 9781783740444 Year: Pages: 150 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0058 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures
Added to DOAB on : 2015-06-10 13:31:46
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

Within two years of the success of his first play Die Räuber on the German stage in 1781, Schiller wrote a drama based on a rebellion in sixteenth century Italy, its title: The Conspiracy of Fiesco at Genoa. A Republican Tragedy. At the head of the conspiracy stood Gian Luigi de’ Fieschi (1524-1547), Schiller’s Count Fiesco, a clever, courageous and charismatic figure, an epicurean and unhesitant egoist, politically ambitious, but unsure of his aims and principles. He is one of Schiller’s mysterious, protean characters who secures both our admiration and disgust. With Fiesco as tragic hero Schiller examines the complex entanglement of morality and politics in his own times that was to preoccupy him throughout his career.The play was a moderate success when performed in Mannheim in 1784; it was more popular in Berlin where, during Schiller’s lifetime, it was performed many times in a version by Carl Plümicke, which however radically altered the play’s meaning. There have been some noteworthy productions on the German stage and television, even if it has remained somewhat in the shadow of Schiller’ other works. In the English-speaking world it is all but unknown and very seldom performed. This translation aims to remedy that oversight.

Keywords

Friedrich Schiller --- drama --- Fiesco --- conspiracy --- Genoa --- play --- translation

Maria Stuart

Authors: --- ---
Book Series: Open Book Classics Series ISSN: 2054-216X/2054-2178 ISBN: 9781783749812/9781783749836 Year: Volume: 12 Pages: 138 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0217 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Performing Arts
Added to DOAB on : 2020-11-18 15:30:55
License: CC-BY-4.0

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

Maria Stuart, described as Schiller’s most perfect play, is a finely balanced, inventive account of the last day of the captive Queen of Scotland, caught up in a great contest for the throne of England after the death of Henry VIII and over the question of England’s religious confession. Hope for and doubt about Mary’s deliverance grow in the first two acts, given to the Scottish and the English queen respectively, reach crisis at the center of the play, where the two queens meet in a famous scene in a castle park, and die away in acts four and five, as the action advances to its inevitable end. The play is at once classical tragedy of great fineness, costume drama of the highest order—a spectacle on the stage—and one of the great moments in the long tradition of classical rhetoric, as Elizabeth’s ministers argue for and against execution of a royal prisoner.Flora Kimmich’s new translation carefully preserves the spirit of the original: the pathos and passion of Mary in captivity, the high seriousness of Elizabeth’s ministers in council, and the robust comedy of that queen’s untidy private life. Notes to the text identify the many historical figures who appear in the text, describe the political setting of the action, and draw attention to the structure of the play.Roger Paulin’s introduction discusses the many threads of the conflict in Maria Stuart and enriches our understanding of this much-loved, much-produced play.Maria Stuart is the last of a series of five new translations of Schiller’s major plays, accompanied by notes to the text and an authoritative introduction.

Love and Intrigue

ISBN: 9781783747405 /9781783747405 Year: Pages: 128 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0175 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Performing Arts --- Languages and Literatures
Added to DOAB on : 2019-06-04 11:21:02
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

"Schiller’s play Kabale und Liebe, usually translated into English as Love and Intrigue, represents the disastrous consequences that follow when social constraint, youthful passion, and ruthless scheming collide in a narrow setting. Written between 1782 and 1784, the play bears the marks of life at the court of the despotic Duke of Württemberg, from which Schiller had just fled, and of a fraught liaison he entered shortly after his flight. It tells the tale of a love affair that crosses the boundaries of class, between a fiery and rebellious young nobleman and the beautiful and dutiful daughter of a musician. Their affair becomes entangled in the competing purposes of malign and not-so-malign figures present at an obscure and sordid princely court somewhere in Germany. It all leads to a climactic murder–suicide. Love and Intrigue, the third of Schiller’s canonical plays (after The Robbers and Fiesco’s Conspiracy at Genoa), belongs to the genre of domestic tragedy, with a small cast and an action indoors. It takes place as the highly conventional world of the late eighteenth century stands poised to erupt, and these tensions pervade its setting and emerge in its action. This lively play brims with comedy and tragedy expressed in a colorful, highly colloquial, sometimes scandalous prose well captured in Flora Kimmich’s skilled and informed translation. An authoritative essay by Roger Paulin introduces the reader to the play. As with all books in the Open Book Classics series, this translation is supported by an introduction and notes that situate an old text in its period and help both the student and the general reader read it with ease and with pleasure."

Listing 1 - 3 of 3
Sort by
Narrow your search

Publisher

Open Book Publishers (3)


License

CC by (2)

CC-BY-4.0 (1)


Language

english (3)


Year
From To Submit

2020 (1)

2019 (1)

2015 (1)