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Goethe as Cultural Icon

Wagner, Nancy Birch

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ISBN 10: 0820424722 / ISBN 13: 9780820424729
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Series: North American Studies in Nineteenth-century German Literature and Culture. Num Pages: 220 pages. BIC Classification: DSB; DSBF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 230 x 160 x 19. Weight in Grams: 490. . 1995. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780820424729

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Title: Goethe as Cultural Icon

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc

Binding: Hardcover

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The legacy of Goethe in the nineteenth century is familiar and fertile territory to literary scholars. In contrast with typical influence studies, which compare Goethe with his epigonal successors, this work breaks new ground in previously unappreciated areas and in several subtle forms. Focusing on two prominent and distinctly different nineteenth-century writers, the Austrian Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868) and the Prussian-born Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), the book discovers the importance of Goethe's views on the visual arts to the realistic theorizing of both writers by deftly encompassing several seventeenth-century Dutch genre painters, as well as the nineteenth-century sculptor of the Brandenburg Gate in this sphere of aesthetic influence. Of particular interest to the study of Goethe's resonance are the role of George Henry Lewes's 1855 biography of Goethe and the reverberation of Goethe's concept of «Gegenständlichkeit», which are studied within the context of their writings and the era in general.

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The Author: Nancy Birch Wagner is an assistant professor of Modern Languages at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale University and her M.A. in German from Vassar College at the Universität Hamburg.

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