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Review Of Goethe's Modernisms, William H. Carter Jan 2010

Review Of Goethe's Modernisms, William H. Carter

World Languages and Cultures Publications

Imagine for a moment that you are not a Goethe scholar, and consider these questions: Why read Goethe, or his contemporaries, for that matter? Is it worth the time and effort required? Are there not more relevant issues deserving of our attention? It is the year 2011 after all. What might we learn from this fellow Goethe that we don’t already know? With the ever-increasing pressure on educators in the liberal arts, in general, and Germanists, more specifically, to make a case for their continued existence, these are deadly serious questions. They require answers that are accessible to an ...


Review Of Geld Und Magie: Eine Okonomische Deutung Von Goethes Faust, William H. Carter Jan 2009

Review Of Geld Und Magie: Eine Okonomische Deutung Von Goethes Faust, William H. Carter

World Languages and Cultures Publications

The first thing that must be said about this book is that, despite the claim that it is a “vollständig überarbeitete Ausgabe,” this is simply not the case. Although the subtitle may have changed (originally “Deutung und Kritik der modernen Wirtschaft anhand von Goethes Faust”), the story it tells twenty years later remains in effect the same. I shall return to the significance of this for those of us interested in Goethe Age economics, but first I will address Binswanger’s argument, the additions made to the second edition, and the value of this type of economic commentary on Goethe ...


Review Of Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles, William H. Carter Jan 2006

Review Of Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles, William H. Carter

World Languages and Cultures Publications

The scope of Fratning Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles is very ambitious, as Inez Hedges concedes at the outset. Rather than attempting to survey "the entire landscape of the Faustian," she narrows her focus to "the ways in which the Faustian rebel has surfaced in some of the most important cultural crises of the twentieth century" in order "to explore the Faustian myth in its various political, aesthetic, and social contexts" (xiii). While the topic appears very broad at first, the author skillfully demonstrates her expertise in European film and surrealism as she excavates little-known archival material and countless lesser-known Faust ...