The Cambridge companion to Goethe /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Sharpe, Lesley.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Sharpe's beautifully edited book offers timely essays on the most significant aspects of Goethe's monumental work. Written by recognized and articulate scholars, the 15 essays are loosely chronological, beginning with Thomas Saine's essay on Goethe's world, followed by an essay concerning his place in literary history. Subsequent contributions discuss Goethe's poetry and dramas. The Faust essay by Jane Brown is a superlative effort, offering insights of real depth and originality. T.J. Reed provides discussions of Weimar classicism and Goethe's relationship to Schiller. The collection continues with essays on Weimar theater, Goethe's prose, his autobiographical writings, and his investigation of the natural sciences. Barbara Becker-Cantarino's interesting comments about Goethe and gender are followed by essays about the visual arts, political world, religion, and philosophy. The final essay, by Gerhart Hoffmeister, discusses Goethe's reception in Europe, from the 18th century to the present. This remarkable set of essays avoids repetition and oversimplification while reflecting prudently on the present status of Goethe scholarship. Highly recommended for all academic and public collections. E. Wickersham Rosemont College

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