Des Kaisers grauer Rock : zur Herausstellung des Deutschtums Kaiser Rudolfs in Franz Grillparzers Trauerspiel 'König Ottokars Glück und Ende'

  • The Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer is often presented in scholarly literature as an opponent of nationalism. Indeed, Grillparzer did oppose nationally motivated separatist tendencies, which he viewed as a threat to the existence of the supranational Habsburg Monarchy. However, his tragedy 'König Ottokars Glück und Ende' includes clear examples of the early Habsburg ideology which emerged along with the Austrian Empire during the Napoleonic Wars (a time of nationalist tensions) and which - at least initially - was imbued with a form of German Romantic nationalism. This ideology is displayed by the character of Rudolf von Habsburg, who - in the spirit of Romantic nationalism - is depicted as the embodiment of Germany. Rudolf's fervent Germanness - which appears to have been one of the reasons behind Grillparzer's problems with censorship under the Metternich regime - is not only evident in the character's words, but also in the clothes he wears. The grey coat that is one of Rudolf's most distinctive features may be a reference to what was known as an 'Old German' folk costume ('Altdeutsche Tracht'); after the Napoleonic Wars, this garment became a symbol used by the German nationalist student movement known as the 'Burschenschaftler'.

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Author:Miroslav UrbanecGND
Parent Title (German):Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica
Title Additional (English):The Emperor's grey coat : on the depiction of the Emperor Rudolf's Germanness in Franz Grillparzer's tragedy 'König Ottokars Glück und Ende'
Publisher:Ostravská univerzita v Ostravě
Place of publication:Ostrava
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/09/16
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/10/14
Tag:Altdeutsche Tracht
German nationalism
GND Keyword:Grillparzer, Franz; König Ottokars Glück und Ende; Deutschland; Nationalismus
Page Number:11
First Page:63
Last Page:73
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
BDSL-Klassifikation:15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert / BDSL-Klassifikation: 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.15.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica / Studia Germanistica 25
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht