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- DescriptionThese are pathbreaking works which draws out Goethe's pivotal influence on the development of Western society. Goethe's Modernisms demonstrates Goethe's pivotal influence on the development of Western society. It also reveals him to be one of modernity's profoundest critics. His influence has t only shaped aesthetic issues, but a myriad of cultural and intellectual ones as well. By studying his works, we can thus gain insights into the foundational principles of modern society and its shortcomings. Tantillo explores Goethe's role within the culture wars that have been with us for some time, his role as a both a progenitor and a critic of modernity, and suggests how we might rethink aspects of our current policies, whether educational or fiscal. Each chapter presents an interpretation of literary texts and then demonstrates their relationship to a contemporary issue: the ascendancy of science and techlogy and their close connection to new ecomic theories (Faust); the cultural success of religious evangelicalism and its consequences (The Sorrows of Young Werther); and, the ramifications of progressive, student-centered education (the Wilhelm Meistervels). Each chapter further places these issues within the context of conservative and liberal philosophies.
- Author BiographyAstrida Orle Tantillo is Visiting Associate Dean for Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and President of the Goethe Society of North America. She is the author of The Will to Create: Goethe's Philosophy of Nature and Goethe's Elective Affinities and the Critics.
- Author(s)Astrida Orle Tantillo
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication03/06/2010
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Weight499 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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