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1. Background

The Ständeklausel is a criterion of dramatic theory (Drama) that distinguishes between tragedy and comedy on the basis of the characters involved, their actions and language. In the Poetics of Aristotle (4th century BCE; Poetics), we already find the requirement that the protagonist of a tragedy be distinguished by his or her moral quality and social status. By implication, in a comedy, people are portrayed not better than they really are but worse.

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Löffler, Jörg, “Ständeklausel”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028177>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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