Goethe's allegories of identity / Jane K. Brown.

By: Brown, Jane K, 1943-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksHaney Foundation series: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2014Edition: 1st edDescription: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0812209389; 9780812209389Subject(s): Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature | Self in literature | Subconsciousness in literature | Subjectivity in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 831/.6 LOC classification: PT2193 | .B76 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Brown (Western civilization, emer., Univ. of Washington) discusses Goethe's unrecognized contributions to modern concepts of the self by analyzing the poet's relationship to Rousseau, Freud, Foucault, and others. In the book's three segments, the author treats Goethe's novels and plays, Faust, some less-known works, his autobiography, and a small selection of poetry. The first part, "The Problem," considers subjectivity, passion, and social responsibility as they relate to Rousseau. Here the author identifies Die Wahlverwandtschaften as "the paradigmatic German psychological novel." The second part, "Experiments in Subjectivity," discusses the theatrical, scientific, and narrative self in original, illuminating terms. The last part, "The Language of Interiority," is of particular interest and enduring value: here Brown discusses Goethe's angst and his relation to the uncanny, clearly addressing popular Freudian formulations. Chapter 8--"'Es singen wohl die Nixen': Werther and the Romantic Tale"--is a delightfully convincing demonstration of the debt Romantic short fiction and poetry owe to Werther. In a strong conclusion, Brown states that "it should now be clear how Goethe's emotional regime, German classicism, epitomizes a significant stage in the emergence of the modern subject." With excellent notes and bibliography, this is a clearly written and important book. --Erlis Wickersham, Rosemont College

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Jane K. Brown is Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization Emerita at the University of Washington and author of The Persistence of Allegory: Drama and Neoclassicism from Shakespeare to Wagner, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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