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By William C. Reeve

Reeve not just bargains a detailed textual research of the drama from the element of separation yet exhibits how Libussa and its writer healthy into the improvement of the background of principles in nineteenth-century Europe. He contends that Grillparzer's paintings displays Bachofen, Neumann, Nietzsche, Freud, and Lacan. utilizing Freudian psychoanalysis, Neumann's research of the feminine archetype, and anthropological experiences, Reeve argues that Grillparzer's tragedy portrays the fight among matriarchy and patriarchy, nurturers and warriors, and rural and concrete cultures. because Libussa proves not able to beat the gender bias of the following male topics, the play concludes with a symbolic assertion of masculine superiority as guy and girl stay intellectually and bodily aside. Reeve's research attracts parallels with Grillparzer's different accomplished posthumous tragedies, Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg and Die Jüdin von Toledo, touching on his findings to the larger context of nineteenth-century German drama.

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The warning to avoid the "Waldpfad" comes too late. The first scene opened in an "Offnlem] Platz im Walde" (p. 277), and Primislaus's cottage from which she emerged stands in close proximity to "dieses Waldes Schlunden" (46). Already wearing the attire of this ambience, she has conceded how comfortable she feels in it. , such providential intervention or her rich dress as a fairy queen belongs to the supernatural realm of her remote sisters. The tragedy may be regarded as an ironic, self-reflective text, one consciously singling out its own implausibility, the fantastical dimension or the folklore sources of the tale: the peasant and the princess, the miraculous rescue from the water (Melusine in reverse).

Ehrwiird'ger Greis, war Greis er immer doch, Mir ist er als ein Jiingling auferstanden. (179-83) Both women acknowledge a dependency upon the father, while Kascha confirms his continued presence beyond the grave. Parents embody the child's first object choices, but the relationship between father and daughter can be particularly strong as implied in this instance. According to Freud, "betrachten sich die Frauen als infantil geschadigt, ohne ihre Schuld um ein Stuck verkiirzt und zuriickgesetzt, und die Erbitterung so mancher Tochter gegen ihre Mutter hat zur letzten Wurzel den Vorwurf, dafi sie sie als Weib anstatt als Mann zur Welt gebracht hat" ("Einige Charaktertypen," 10: 235).

As a venerable old man, a personification of wisdom but also of traditional authority, he commanded their respect and even after death he still has considerable power over their respective destinies (the belts). , he has usurped the role of husband/mate. She has not really progressed beyond the idealprototype stage. In Libussa's case, one could argue that once she left the protective walls of the domestic stronghold, Primislaus merely took over where the father left off. The night of their meeting significantly marked Krokus's "Scheiden" (887).

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