Accessible Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter 2020

42. Politische Reden bei Georg Büchner

Arnd Beise

Abstract

Buchner is a special case in the history of literature because he wrote political speeches both as a revolutionary activist and as a man of letters. Moreover, we are well-informed about his rhetorical education through his school exercise books. The article presents various forms of speech from the student’s first rhetorical attempts, through the agitational pamphlet, to political remarks in his letters. The focus is on the political speeches in the dramas: elaborated in Danton’s Tod, where the future of politically intervening speech, unknown in Germany at that time, appears in a literary guise; depreciated in the pieces related to the political misery of his country of origin, Leonce und Lena and Woyzeck.

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston