Abolition on Stage

At the end of the 18th century, German-language journals published recurring reports of the British parliamentary debates on abolition. At the same time, German literature produced mainly popular plays that made abolition their theme, explicitly showing the contradictions between the Enlightenment postulates and their economic practices of enslavement as well as their anthropological 'race theory'. The aim of the project is to work through the specific processing of this debate in popular German-language theatre and to put into perspective further aesthetic and historical discourse questions. (The project is designed as a book project).