Three Great Artists Reflecting on the Spiritual Purpose of Art: A Study of Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Keller's Der Grune Heinrich, and Thoma

Three Great Artists Reflecting on the Spiritual Purpose of Art: A Study of Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Keller's Der Grune Heinrich, and Thoma

By: Martin Potter (author)Hardback

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This is the only study to focus on these three novels. The argument departs from previous scholarship by emphasizing the ambivalence and even, to some extent, hostility, evinced by each of the authors to aspects of modern social conditions, and by examining their discontent in detail. The study also shows a portrayal by the authors of a gradual increase in the tensions they detect in social and artistic conditions during the modern period.

Contents

Foreword by Martin Swales; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre; Introduction; Society; The Educational Project; The Role of Women; The Quest for Balance; Social Aims; Art; Conclusion; 2. Keller's Der Grune Heinrich; Introduction; Politics; Religion; Class; Education; Economics; Urban and Rural Life; Art; Psychology; 3. Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus; Introduction; Representative Characters; Music; The Devil; Music Again; Theology; Society; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773438545
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780773438545
  • ISBN10: 0773438548

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