Artifice or artistry: Calculation and awe in three Kunstmaerchen of Tieck, Hebbel and Huch (Ludwig Tieck, Friedrich Hebbel, Ricarda Huch)
Master of Arts
The essential link between Volksmarchen and Kunstmarchen is the consistent theme in the Volksmarchen of restoration of a distorted world harmony. The impulse for the Romantic Kunstmarchen was an attempt to effect a reestablishment of order, both in the world and for the authors, by means of the Marchen. Connotations of Kunst in Kunstmarchen as either art or imitation correspond to the author's attitude towards the magical force: awe inspires artistry, but presumption produces imitations. Hebbel's abandonment of an absolute moral code results in a fundamental contradiction with the premises of the Marchen. Consequently, Der Rubin is an unconvincing attempt to reconstruct an all-encompassing harmony. Tieck, in Der blonde Eckbert, upholds the necessity of absolutes in the moral code as a foundation for the Marchen. Likewise, Huch shows in Lugenmarchen the unsatisfactory result of attempting to approach the magical realm through presumption and calculation.