Chapter 7 The Presence of Literature: Georg Büchner’s Comedy Leonce und Lena

In: The Culture of Boredom
Wolfram Malte Fues
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First impression: a brilliant copy of the romantic comedy. Second impression: a decisive critique of absolutism after the Napoleonic Wars. An analysis of this two impressions shows that Büchner’s text Leonce und Lena parodies the romantic irony and deconstructs the categories necessary for political and aesthetical criticism based on the principles of the ‘Weimarer Klassik:’ presence, identity, the logic of systems in hierarchy, and stability of meanings by unbroken mediation in history and society. The result: the disintegration of traditional plots, figures, characters, opinions, and perspectives; all of this leading to a consequence of shifting, confusion, tiredness, and, last but not least, boredom.

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