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Goethe's other Faust : the drama, part II

Author: John Gearey
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Goethe who began Faust was not the poet and thinker who completed it some sixty years later. The last thirty of those years span the writing of the second part, Faust II, a work that still puzzles critics today. John Gearey shows that the themes of Faust II are markedly different from those of Faust I, a shift that reflects dramatic changes in the world around Goethe and in his own thinking. Gearey traces the  Read more...
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Gearey, John, 1926-
Goethe's other Faust.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)692619669
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Gearey
ISBN: 080202808X 9780802028082
OCLC Number: 28220642
Description: xv, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Prelude: Schiller and Goethe --
2. Faust II and the Darwinian Revolution --
3. Act I: The Prologue in Nature --
4. Act I: The Imperial Court --
5. Act I: Helen Anticipated --
6. Act II: The Search for Body and the Search for Beauty --
7. Act II: Homunculus and the Classical Walpurgis Night --
8. Act II: The Classical Walpurgis Night --
9. Act III: Helen Alone --
10. Act III: Helen in Faust --
11. Act III: The Fruit of the Union --
12. Act IV: The Return to the Real World --
13. Act IV: The Failure of the Old Order --
14. Act V: Preparing for the End --
15. Act V: The Earthly Resolution --
16. Act V: Heaven and Beyond --
17. The Prologue in the Theater as Epilogue.
Responsibility: John Gearey.

Abstract:

The Goethe who began Faust was not the poet and thinker who completed it some sixty years later. The last thirty of those years span the writing of the second part, Faust II, a work that still puzzles critics today. John Gearey shows that the themes of Faust II are markedly different from those of Faust I, a shift that reflects dramatic changes in the world around Goethe and in his own thinking. Gearey traces the antecedents of the new mode of thought that is reflected in Faust II to the developments in science related to the literary and artistic movements of our own century. Specifically, he argues that Faust II treats the theme of evolution in new, wholly conscious ways, some parallel to later 'Darwinian' science. Indeed, the more or less scientific idea of evolution determined the literary form of Faust, a form at once appropriate to that idea and evidence of faith in it.

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