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German Language and Literature

Lake Forest College

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Twentieth-Century Transformations Of Medieval Hagiography: Hermann Hesse’S Creation Of A Modern Saint In Peter Camenzind And Narcissus And Goldmund, Sarah Westberg Apr 2017

Twentieth-Century Transformations Of Medieval Hagiography: Hermann Hesse’S Creation Of A Modern Saint In Peter Camenzind And Narcissus And Goldmund, Sarah Westberg

Senior Theses

This thesis aims to examine Hermann Hesse’s creation of the modern saint, a twentieth-century contribution to the hagiographical tradition. I assert Hesse’s Swabian Pietist upbringing inspired a unique lens for his refashioning of the Middle Ages, which Hesse establishes in his first novel, Peter Camenzind, with the protagonist Peter. Through Hesse’s hagiographical lens, I explore the emergence and evolution of Hesse’s modern saint who is shaped by Hesse’s quest to resolve his lifelong internal conflict between art and religion. In Hesse’s later novel, Narcissus and Goldmund, he finalizes his spiritual experiment with the modern ...