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The autobiographical turn in germanophone documentary and experimental film / edited by Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner.

Contributor(s): Curtis, Robin, 1964- [editor.] | Fenner, Angelica [editor.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Screen cultures: Publisher: Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2014Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781782043263; 1782043268.Subject(s): Biographical films -- Germany -- History and criticism | Documentary films -- Germany -- History and criticism | Self in motion picturesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Autobiographical turn in germanophone documentary and experimental filmDDC classification: 791.43/65 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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PN1995.9.B55 A88 2014 (Browse shelf) Available ocn893670498

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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This English translation of Mommsen's exhaustive study, published in German in 1988, brings her multifaceted treatment of the influence of Arabian literature on Goethe's works to a wide audience. In the hands of its excellent translator, the text offers a wealth of material, including lengthy notes for each chapter, a bibliography, three indexes, and an appendix containing Goethe's Arab-influenced poetry in the original. There are also several helpful translations of Bedouin and Arabic sources. Mommsen begins by explaining pre-Islamic poetry and Islam itself. She proceeds to discussion of Goethe's Divan (1819) and works such as the Tame Xenias and reveals further influences in the poet's works. She includes pertinent letters to illuminate Goethe's relationship with Arabic scholars and translators. She also discusses his relationship with Marianne von Willemer, whose friendship was central to the Divan. Mommsen concludes with a chapter about Arabian proverbs. She excels at discerning pre- and post-Divan Arabian influences; illuminates the relationships among Goethe's life, his studies, and his writing; and describes specific philosophical and artistic attitudes that led Goethe to celebrate Arabic contributions to world literature. This is an important contribution on a fascinating subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. --Erlis Wickersham, Rosemont College

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