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Goethe S Literary Essays

Author : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
ISBN : 9783849658717
Genre : Literary Collections
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Professor Spingarn has done students of literature a real favor; for he has gathered into a single and well-made volume, golden pages from one of the great masters of literature. As divergent-minded judges as Carlyle, Matthew Arnold and Sainte-Beuve acclaimed Goethe the supreme literary critic of all time and, whatever might be said against so superlative an opinion, certainly Goethe's many-sidedness, his undoubted genius, and his keen insight all conspired to give his judgments on literature a value too great to be ignored. All phases of his critical activity are represented in this excellent volume, which is the work of several translators, all of high standard. Goethe was keenly interested in French and in English literature, no less than in German, and for the English reader there will be much to stimulate thought in his sympathetic appreciation of Shakespeare. Those of us who have found the great dramatist's plays strangely failing in power to lift us out of ou selves, can find much to ponder over in Goethe's declaration: "Shakespeare gets his effect by means of the living word, and it is for this reason that one should hear him read, for then the attention is not distracted either by a too adequate or too in adequate stage-setting. There is no higher . . . pleasure than to sit with closed eyes and hear a naturally expressive voice recite, not declaim, a play of Shakespeare's." Goethe was no hard and fast critic, and as he re-read a book and found that it appealed to him in a new light, he did not hesitate to revise his earlier opinions and even to call attention to corrected impressions or reversals of judgments. It was because of his open-mindedness to new impressions that his critical dicta appear perennially fresh and stimulate the reader by their frankness and their vitality. The task of collecting these admirable and valuable essays required a scholar. It found one in Professor Spingarn, to whom the lovers of the best in literature owe genuine gratitude for this volume. The essays are grouped under The theory of art — The theory of literature — On Shakespeare — On other writers — Extracts from the conversations with Eckermann.
Category: Literary Collections

Essays On Art And Literature

Author : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
ISBN : 0691036578
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Part of an exhaustive series which provides English translations of a representative proportion of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's vast body of work, this volume contains such essays as "On Gothic Architecture", "On the Laocoon" and "Shakespeare: a Tribute".
Category: Literary Criticism

Literary Essays

Author : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
ISBN : UOM:39076006295013
Genre : Art
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Literature And The Cult Of Personality

Author : Gregory Maertz
ISBN : 9783838269818
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The construction of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as an Anglo-American sage and literary icon was the product of a cult of personality that lay at the center of nineteenth-century cultural politics. A reconstruction of the culture wars fought over Goethe’s authority, a previously hidden chapter in the intellectual history of the period ranging from the late eighteenth century to the threshold of Modernism, is the focus of Literature and the Cult of Personality. Marginal as well as canonical writers and critics figured prominently in this process, and Literature and the Cult of Personality offers insight into the mediation activities of Mary Wollstonecraft, Henry Crabb Robinson, the canonical Romantic poets, Thomas Carlyle, Margaret Fuller, George Eliot, Matthew Arnold, and others. For women writers and Jacobins, Scots, and Americans, translating Goethe served as an empowering cultural platform that challenges the myth of the self-sufficiency of British literature. Reviewing and translating German authors provided a means of gaining literary enfranchisement and offered a paradigm of literary development according to which 're-writers' become original writers through an apprenticeship of translation and reviewing. In the diverse and fascinating body of critical writing examined in this book, textual exegesis plays an unexpectedly minor role; in its place, a full-blown cult of personality emerges along with a blueprint for the ideology of hero-worship that is more fully mapped out in the cultural and political life of twentieth-century Europe.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Essential Goethe

Author : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
ISBN : 9780691181042
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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First published by Wordsworth Editions 1999 and 2007. First published by Princeton University Press in 2016.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Idioms Of Uncertainty

Author : Peter J. Burgard
ISBN : 9780271040660
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Goethe's essays have been culled for their literary, aesthetic, and scientific content, by the textuality and their location at the nexus of genre and literary history have not received the critical attention they deserve. In Idioms of Uncertainty, Peter Burgard analyzes the rhetorical strategies, structure, and style of pivotal essays and relates them to the essay traditions as represented by Montaigne and Johnson. By formulating the critique of systematic philosophy inherent in the essays and by investigating their participation in the principal aesthetic dialogue of the age&—the Laoco&ön debate, which spanned nearly half a century&—Burgard situates them in the context of eighteenth-century critical discourse. Furthermore, by disclosing the connection between the anti-systematic, dialogic impetus of Goethe's essayism and the theme of community in his literary works, Idioms of Uncertainty both draws out the broader social implications of the essay and shows how the analysis of Goethe's work in the genre can illuminate his entire oeuvre. In the course of the study Burgard articulates a theory of the essay as a genre by drawing on twentieth-century theoretical perspectives for his exposition of Goethe's textual strategies: theories of the essay from Lukacs, Bense, and Adorno; the textual theories of Bakhtin, Kristeva, Barthes, and Derrida; and Rorty's notion of literary-philosophical conversation. Idioms of Uncertainty thus holds interest for those concerned with genre theory and literary theory in general; and through its challenging of clich&és about German literature at the time it assumed international significance, the book will be useful not only for Goethe scholars but also for scholars of the eighteenth century across disciplines and national boundaries.
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Essays On Goethe

Author : Stuart Pratt Atkins
ISBN : 1571130276
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Selection of the most important essays, collected here for the first time, by one of the world's foremost Goethe scholars.
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Essays On European Literature

Author : Ernst Robert Curtius
ISBN : 9781400867981
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Although the reputation of the great German scholar Ernst Robert Curtius was firmly established for English and American readers by the translation of European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, much of his work is still unknown to them. These twenty-four essays, written over a period of nearly thirty years, range widely in time and scope and consider some of the greatest figures in European literature, among them Virgil, Goethe, Balzac, Joyce, Eliot, Ortega y Gasset, and Hesse. The essays show the qualities that made Curtius one of the great critics of our age: his lucid, penetrating mind, his comprehensive erudition, his cosmopolitan outlook, and above all his passionate concern for European culture. Like T. S. Eliot, the subject of one of his finest essays, Curtius believed in an ideal order, a cultural unity of the West. The unifying element in all these essays is a concern to insure the conservation and continuance of European humanistic culture. For him this culture consisted of the literary heritage of Greece and Rome, developed and enriched by the Christian civilization of the Middle Ages. Consequently he selected for discussion those poets and writers who have been conscious of the unity of these two European currents and who have striven to maintain it in our time. As he ranged freely through the languages and literatures of all Western cultures, Curtius himself did much to preserve this tradition, to demonstrate its relevance, and insure its continuity. Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Category: Literary Criticism

Goethe And The English Speaking World

Author : Nicholas Boyle
ISBN : 1571132317
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New studies of both Goethe's relationship to the English-speaking world and its perception of Goethe and his works.
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The Three Devils

Author : David Masson
ISBN : UIUC:30112000030343
Genre : Literature
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Category: Literature

Unwrapping Goethe S Weimar

Author : Davidson German Studies Symposium 1997 (Davidson College)
ISBN : 1571131949
Genre : History
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A comprehensive reconsideration of the myth of Goethe's Weimar, occasioned by the 1999 celebrations of Goethe's 250th birthday.
Category: History

Goethe S Elective Affinities And The Critics

Author : Astrida Orle Tantillo
ISBN : 1571132120
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The first book-length examination in English of the critical reception of Goethe's daring novel The Elective Affinities.
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Goethe And The English Speaking World

Author : John Hennig
ISBN : UOM:39015050662405
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The essays in this volume were originally published over many years in specialized journals. They cover the entire scope of Goethe's interest in the English-speaking world of his time. As Hennig shows, Goethe was -the last man endowed with a universal knowledge, a genius with unlimited 'Lebensbreite'-. The essays explore what Goethe read, whom he met, with whom he corresponded - the immense effort he made to be fully informed of what was happening in his time. Hennig, for the first time, makes known the facts of Goethes unlimited and passionate efforts to live in contact with his contemporaries and to learn from them all that could be known in every possible field of art, science and discovery."
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Goethe Yearbook 22

Author : Adrian Daub
ISBN : 9781571139276
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Cutting-edge scholarly articles on diverse aspects of Goethe and the Goethezeit, featuring in this volume a special section on environmentalism.
Category: Literary Collections