1805 Friedrich Schiller 2005: Aesthetic Theory and Dramatic Production

Friday, November 4, 2005 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 6:00pm

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Whitney Humanities Center

The Beinecke Library at Yale University, in collaboration with the Whitney Humanities Center and the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, is hosting a two-day international conference commemorating the 200th anniversary of Friedrich Schiller’s death. Scholars from a variety of disciplines reassess Schiller’s importance as dramatist and as theorist from a largely Anglo-American perspective. Frederick Beiser, Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University, and Ute Frevert, Professor of History at Yale, will give the keynote addresses.


During the month of November, the Beinecke Library will mark the Schiller anniversary with an exhibition that includes first editions of his works, musical settings of texts by Schiller, and evidence of his reception in the English speaking world, such as books, playbills, chapbooks, and ephemera.


The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. 

Aesthetic Theory and Dramatic Production
1805 Friedrich Schiller 2005
Anglo-American Perspectives after 200 Years


The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required for planning purposes. Please use the online form to register for the conference.


For further information about the program, you may call Christa Sammons at 203.432.2964.


Friday, November 4 - Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street

3:00 p.m. Coffee, tea, pastries

4:00-6:00 p.m. - Session I. Keynote Addresses

Cyrus Hamlin (Yale University), moderator

Frederick C. Beiser (Syracuse University). “Schiller as Philosopher Today”

Ute Frevert (Yale University) “Schiller: The German Nation’s Favorite Poet”

6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception and viewing of the exhibition “Friedrich Schiller: Selections from the Yale Collection of German Literature”

8:00 p.m. , Sudler Hall in William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street
Wallenstein’s Camp. Dramatic reading in English. Directed by David Muse, ’96, Associate Director of the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Jonathan Edwards College.


Saturday, November 5 - Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

9:30–11:00 a.m. - Session II

David Pugh (Queen’s University, Canada). “Schiller, Liberalism and the Aesthetic State”

Paul Bishop (University of Glasgow, UK). “Re-Reading Schiller: Aesthetic Theory and Education”

11:00-11:30 a.m. - Coffee break

11:30-12:15 - Session III

Ian Balfour (York University, Canada). “The Fate of Freedom: Schiller's Thinking on the Sublime”

2:30-4:00 p.m. - Session IV

Lesley Sharpe (University of Exeter, UK). “A German Shakespeare?: Schiller and the Traditions of the German Theater”

Jane Brown (University of Washington). “Falling Silent: Schiller and Opera”

4:00-4:30 p.m. - Coffee break

4:30-6:00 p.m. - Session V

George S. Williamson (University of Alabama). "Friedrich Schiller and August von Kotzebue: Heroism, Villainy, and the Making of German Culture"

Roger Stephenson (University of Glasgow, UK). “Ernst Cassirer’s Reading of Schiller”

7:00 p.m. - Sudler Hall in William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street
Wallenstein’s Camp


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