The Cambridge Companion to Goethe / Edition 1

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Overview

This study provides a stimulating and accessible survey of this many-sided figure. The volume places Goethe in the context of the Germany and Europe of his lifetime. His literary work is covered in individual chapters on poetry, drama--with a separate chapter on Faust, prose fiction and autobiography. A wide-ranging survey of reception inside and outside Germany and an extensive guide to further reading complete the volume, which will appeal to students and specialists alike.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Sharpe's beautifully edited book offers timely essays on the most significangt aspects of Goethe's monumental work.... This remarkable set of essays avoids repetition and oversimplifcation while reflecting prudently on the presen status of Goethe scholarship. highly recommended for all academic and public collections." Choice

"In a word, this is without a doubt a highly useful book...It should be of great use to the non-Germanist, and certainly should find its place in many an introductory undergraduate and graduate class." German Studies Review, Horst Lange

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521665605
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Sharpe is Professor of German at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Schiller and the Historical Character and Friedrich Schiller: Drama, Thought and Politics (Cambridge, 1991). She has written widely on Schiller, Goethe and women writers of the eighteenth century and from 1994-2000 was Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review.
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction 1
1 The world Goethe lived in: Germany and Europe, 1750-1830 6
2 Goethe the writer and literary history 23
3 Goethe the poet 42
4 Goethe the dramatist 66
5 Faust 84
6 Weimar Classicism: Goethe's alliance with Schiller 101
7 Goethe and the Weimar theatre 116
8 Goethe's prose fiction 129
9 Autobiographical writings 147
10 In defence of experience: Goethe's natural investigations and scientific culture 160
11 Goethe and gender 179
12 Goethe and the visual arts 193
13 Goethe and the political world 207
14 Religion and philosophy 219
15 Reception in Germany and abroad 232
A guide to further reading 256
General index 268
Index of Goethe's works 275
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