Country Pastors by J.C. Kruger and Good Women Triumphant by J.E. Schlegel: Two Comedies of the Early Enlightenment
|Author: ||Van Cleve, John W.|
The plays in this volume are from the 1740s. Works from the early literary Enlightenment respond not only to the demand of educated people for rational responses to real-world situations but also to a new desire within the developing middle class to read about recognizable joys, sorrows and tensions within families and between husbands and wives. The audience for this literature held those expectations, and playwrights tried to satisfy them on the contemporary stage.
"The plays in this volume are from the 1740s, a decade during which German letters were also responding to the effects of a contemporary spiritual movement, Pietism. Their numbers growing within or alongside institutional Lutheranism, Pietists attended private devotional meetings that supplied mutual support for the direct expression of an overtly emotional faith not constrained by either dogma or clerical hierarchies. The new freedom in emotional expression found its way into the literature of the 1740s as a tendency usually described as Empfindsamkeit ("Sentimentality"). Works from the early literary Enlightenment therefore not only respond to the demand of educated people for rational responses to real-world situations ."
From the Translator's Preface
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Good Women Triumphant