Advisor

Steven N. Fuller

Date of Award

8-2-1996

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in German

Department

German

Physical Description

1 online resource ( ii, 128 p.)

Subjects

Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977). Hauptmann von Kèopenick

DOI

10.15760/etd.6983

Abstract

Carl Zuckmayer drafted his drama, Der Hauptmann von Kiipenick, as an intended contribution to the Heidelberger Festspiele in late 1930. He chose Wilhelm Voigt' s 1906 seizure of the Rathaus in Kopenick as the theme best suited for the realization of his twofold intention - the combination of an Eulenspiegel figure and criticism of contemporary events. The following thesis analyzes the relationship between theatrical and historic event through an examination of the composition of the Hauptmann von Kopenick's generic elements. Through an evaluation of Zuckmayer's drama in terms of form, technical composition, and socio-political environment, this study intends to arrive at a complete understanding of the thematic construction of the play' s central dramatic conflict. The central conflict of the Hauptmann von Kopenick is analyzed in terms of its relation to history and society. This study evaluates the Hauptmann von Kopenick in terms of structure and genre. It presents the composition of the drama's plot as fully symmetrical. then considers the way in which the varying composition of each act brings that symmetry about. This study examines the significance of the play's structural numerical relationships and their connection to fairy tale. An examination of the drama's fairy tale elements and their impact on the drama's central conflict follows. The Volksstiick acts as the ideal genre for a consolidated attack against National Socialism. The genres of Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeir bring Voigt's subjective struggle for identity against the objective powers of military bureaucracy to full contrast. The dramatic conflict of the Hauptmann von KiJpenick is examined next in terms of its relevance to contemporary events, an aspect that brings Zuckmayer's drama into consideration as Zeitstiick. The analysis of the Hauptmann von KiJpenick concludes that Zuckmayer, by drawing upon the widest possible range of elements, formulated his dramatic conflict into an objective attack against subjective conceptions of struggle supported by the NSDAP.

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