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Frank Wedekind - for further reading
Frank Wedekind (1864 - 1918) was a key figure in the emergence of expressionist literature. Early on, he worked as a journalist, and served on the staff of Simplicissimus. In his plays, Wedekind employed grotesque fantasy and unconventional characters in order to attack the bourgeois ideals and hypocrisy of society. He was particularly concerned with sexual themes, and stressed the primacy of man’s instincts. His play Spring Awakening (1891), scandalized German society with its explicit and sardonic portrayal of a sexual coming of age. Wedekind later attacked bourgeois morality in his two tragedies, Earth Spirit (1895) and Pandora's Box (1904), both of which feature the femme fatale character named Lulu.
This page presents links, and a checklist of relevant books and articles, on the life and work of Frank Wedekind . The intent of this page is to place Wedekind's life and work in a larger context. However, emphasis is given to citations which include material on the Lulu plays.
FRANK WEDEKIND: LINKS
Leben und Werk
Wedekind and Lulu
Frank Wedekind: Lulu
FRANK WEDEKIND: A CHECKLIST OF RELEVANT BOOKS and ARTICLES
Chick, Edson M. Dances of Death. Columbia, South Carolina: Camden House, 1984.
Gittleman, Sol. Frank Wedekind. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1969.
Lewis, Ward B. The Ironic Dissident. Columbia, South Carolina: Camden House, 1997.
Thuleen, Nancy. "Lulu: Sexuality and Cynicism on the Stage and Screen." webpage: Essays, Papers and Writing, 1995.
Richard, Lionnel. "Lulu." Obliques, Spring, 1979.
Wedekind, Frank. Diary of an Erotic Life. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Basil Blackwell, 1990.
Wedekind, Tilly. Lulu Die Rolle meines Lebens. Munich: Rutten + Loening Verlag, 1969.
THE LULU PLAYS
Wedekind, Frank. Erdgeist, tragödie in vier aufzügen. München: A. Langen, 1903.
Wedekind, Frank. Die büchse der Pandora, tragödie in drei aufzügen. Berlin: B. Cassirer, 1904.
Wedekind, Frank. Pandora's Box; a tragedy in three acts. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1918.
Wedekind, Frank. Five Tragedies of Sex. London: Vision, 1952.
Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays.Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, 1967.
Wedekind, Frank. Lulu: a Sex Tragedy.London: Heinemann Educational, 1971.
Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays & other Sex Tragedies.London: Calder and Boyars, 1972.
Wedekind, Frank. Wedekind Plays 1. London: Methuen Publishing, 1993.
Wedekind, Frank. The First Lulu. New York: Applause Theatre Books, 1993.
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