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One of the founders of German national literature, Friedrich A. Schiller (1759-1805) was that countrys most important neoclassical play-wright. In Schillers Wound, Stephanie Hammer shows that Schiller was also one of the first self-consciousMoreOne of the founders of German national literature, Friedrich A. Schiller (1759-1805) was that countrys most important neoclassical play-wright. In Schillers Wound, Stephanie Hammer shows that Schiller was also one of the first self-conscious explorers of psychological trauma in the theater.In a provocative revisionist reading of Schiller, Hammer re-envisions him as a psychologically tormented artist and argues for his pivotal role in the developing relationship between pain, spectacle, and capital in modern Anglo-European drama, literature, and film. Each chapter offers an in-depth reading of one of Schillers plays: The Robbers, Don Carlos, the Wallenstein trilogy, The Bride of Messina, and the fragment Demetrius, all of which mark important moments of crisis in Schillers career.Interwoven with her interpretations of the plays are passages from Schillers private correspondence and references to such diverse sources as Freuds case studies, Samuel Becketts plays, German and American films, and Neil Gaimans graphic novel The Sandman. Through this interplay, Hammer uses Schillers work to illustrate the ways in which we think about art and money and the ways in which we have come to understand the theater and other media as venues for the display of personal pain.Schillers Wound is an exciting work that will not only entice scholars but also serve as a useful resource for instructors who wish to reintroduce this important writer into their curricula. As the 200th anniversary of Schillers death approaches, it will provide an invaluable context for further discussions of his work and its impact.