Mignon's Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century

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By tracing the afterlives of Mignon, an apparently minor character in Goethe's novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Terence Cave explores a phenomenal success story in the history of literature and music, and more broadly of cultural history. Mignon steps out of the shadow of its protagonist Wilhelm and fashions a destiny of her own: she becomes the object of an obsessive interest that reached its peak in the later nineteenth century but continues to reverberate into the ...

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Overview

By tracing the afterlives of Mignon, an apparently minor character in Goethe's novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Terence Cave explores a phenomenal success story in the history of literature and music, and more broadly of cultural history. Mignon steps out of the shadow of its protagonist Wilhelm and fashions a destiny of her own: she becomes the object of an obsessive interest that reached its peak in the later nineteenth century but continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

Mignon reappears - often as a character bearing a different name but sharing an unmistakable family resemblance with her - in a wide range of different literary works from Goethe himself via the German Romantic Novel, Mme de Stael, George Sand, Nerval and Baudelaire, Walter Scott and George Eliot to Gerhart Hauptmann and Angela Carter. Her songs, set by dozens of composers from Reichardt and Beethoven to Wolf, reverberated through the drawing-rooms and concert-halls of nineteenth-century Europe. She is the heroine of the most popular French opera of the late nineteenth century, and she has featured in a number of films. She is fascinating because she is poised on the threshold between childhood and adolescence, aphasia and expressive power, words and music; she is a wanderer who has lost her home, an exile who has been abducted and abused; and the many stories in which her life is reenacted provide a litmus test for key cultural values of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199604807
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence Cave is Emeritus Professor of French Literature in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and of Queen Mary, University of London, and he holds an Honorary D.Litt. at the University of London (Royal Holloway). He is known for his studies The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance (Clarendon Press, 1979) and Recognitions: A Study in Poetics (Oxford University Press, 1988), but has written widely on early modern French literature and on the history of poetics. In 2009 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for Literature since 1500, and he is currently director of the Balzan interdisciplinary project Literature as an Object of Knowledge based at the St John's College Research Centre in Oxford. In the context of that project, he is exploring the value of cognitive approaches to literary study.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
1. The Mignon corpus: preliminary considerations
2. Mignon in Germany: from Goethe to Stifter
3. Nineteenth-century French afterlives
4. Nineteenth-century English afterlives
5. Mignon's modern and postmodern survivals
6. Mignon's songs: making music out of fiction
7. The Mignon corpus: a synoptic view
Conclusion: a future for Mignon
Appendix I: The songs of Mignon and Philine
Appendix II: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre: principal episodes
Appendix III: Mignon in Wilhelm Meisters theatralische Sendung
Appendix IV: A Mignon chronology
List of works cited
Index

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