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Sturm und Drang

Sturm und Drang (German, “storm and stress”), name given to a period of literary ferment in Germany (1770–84). Influenced by Jean Jacques Rousseau, its leading figures—Johann Gottfried von Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Friedrich von Schiller—espoused an antirationalist and rebellious individualism in opposition to the prevailing classicism.

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