The Classical Centre: Goethe and Weimar, 1775-1832

1st Edition

T. J. Reed

February 12, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 270 Pages
ISBN 9780367856625 - CAT# K459272
Series: Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

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Originally published in 1980, this book examines the nature and significance of Classicism as a literary phenomenon and relates the beginnings of the German variety to the search for a national identity in the circumstances of a politically fragmented eighteenth century Germany. It surveys the pre-classical scene, traces the intellectual currents and the literary forms and material which Classicism was to synthesise, and presents its theoretical basis. The major works of Goethe and Schiller in the decade of their partnership are analysed. Their response to political events is placed in the contemporary context and the divergences which challenge Classicism are discussed.

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