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“A Monster in its Breadth and Length”: Schiller’s Wallenstein and the Poetics of Scale, 1798–2007

Carlos Spoerhase, Bielefeld University

September 26, 2019 · 4:30 pm-6:00 pm · 205 East Pyne

Department of German

What happens when works are expanded or shortened? How does scale relate to literary form, and how do changes in size qualitatively impact a work of literature? This talk will explore the German play most famous for its gigantic length – Friedrich Schiller’s „Wallenstein“ – and its reception up to the present day, using Schiller’s work as an opportunity to theorize general aspects of scale and scaling in literature.

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