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The Cambridge Companion to Goethe

The Cambridge Companion to Goethe


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Lesley Sharpe, Thomas P. Saine, Nicholas Saul, John R. Williams, David V. Pugh, Jane K. Brown, T. J. Reed, Martin Swales, Dennis F. Mahoney, Daniel Steuer, Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Beate Allert, W. Daniel Wilson, H. B. Nisbet, Gerhart Hoffmeister
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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665605

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Goethe provides a challenging yet accessible survey of this versatile figure, not only one of the world's greatest writers but also a theatre director and art critic, a natural scientist and state administrator. 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. Other chapters deal with his work in the Weimar Theatre, his friendship with Schiller, his scientific studies and writings, his engagement with the visual arts, with religion and philosophy, the controversies surrounding his political standpoint and the impact of feminist criticism. A wide-ranging survey of reception inside and outside Germany and an extensive guide to further reading round off this volume, which will appeal to students and specialists alike.

    • Covers not only Goethe's literary work, but his scientific writings, his theatre work, his autobiography and correspondence, and his religious, political and philosophical views
    • Well supported by a detailed chronology and bibliography
    • Offers a range of critical approaches
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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665605
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Lesley Sharpe
    1. The world Goethe lived in: Germany and Europe, 1750–1830 Thomas P. Saine
    2. Goethe the writer and literary history Nicholas Saul
    3. Goethe the poet John R. Williams
    4. Goethe the dramatist David V. Pugh
    5. Faust Jane K. Brown
    6. Weimar Classicism: Goethe's alliance with Schiller T. J. Reed
    7. Goethe and the Weimar theatre Lesley Sharpe
    8. Goethe's prose fiction Martin Swales
    9. Autobiographical writings Dennis F. Mahoney
    10. In defence of experience: Goethe's natural investigations and scientific culture Daniel Steuer
    11. Goethe and gender Barbara Becker-Cantarino
    12. Goethe and the visual arts Beate Allert
    13. Goethe and the political world W. Daniel Wilson
    14. Religion and philosophy H. B. Nisbet
    15. Reception in Germany and abroad Gerhart Hoffmeister
    A guide to further reading
    General index
    Index of Goethe's works.

  • Editor

    Lesley Sharpe, University of Bristol
    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.


    Lesley Sharpe, Thomas P. Saine, Nicholas Saul, John R. Williams, David V. Pugh, Jane K. Brown, T. J. Reed, Martin Swales, Dennis F. Mahoney, Daniel Steuer, Barbara Becker-Cantarino, Beate Allert, W. Daniel Wilson, H. B. Nisbet, Gerhart Hoffmeister

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