Goethe and the Philosopher’s Stone: Symbolical Patterns in 'The Parable' and the Second Part of 'Faust', 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Goethe and the Philosopher’s Stone

Symbolical Patterns in 'The Parable' and the Second Part of 'Faust', 1st Edition

By Alice Pearl Raphael

Routledge

294 pages

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Description

Originally published in 1965, this study examines the concealed meanings in the second part of Faust, often considered obscure. It is of value not only to students of literature but also comparative religions, as it deals with Goethe’s knowledge of ancient myths, mysteries and Hellenistic religions. It is of value too, to those interested in alchemy as it traces the many alchemical references in Faust. The book gives a psychological interpretation of elements of Goethe’s personal life and work, which succeeds in making the man and the veiled references in his most profound work accessible to the modern reader.

Table of Contents

Part One: Biographical 1. Between Two Worlds 2. Bypaths to the Philosophers’ Stone 3. A Journey Forth and a Return Part Two: The Parable and the Second Part of Faust Part 3: Conclusion The Product of Experience

About the Author

Ralph Tymms was Professor of German at Royal Holloway College, University of London

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

Originally published between 1938 and 1996, the volumes in this set provide a survey of German poetry, prose and fiction from the Middle Ages to the late 20th Century. In many cases no prior knowledge of German is necessary, as translations into English are provided. Many of the books focus particularly on German writers and literature from an international perspective.

The books:

  • Analyse Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism.

  • Include discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.

 

  • Provide guidebooks through the masses of periodicals and allows the English side of the Anglo-German literary relationship to be explored in detail.

  • Present a detailed analysis of the major literary movements in Austria and Germany from the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the Third Reich

 

  • Examine two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends

  • Survey the development of political writing in the former Federal Republic of Germany, Illustrating the connections between literature and politics

 

  • Elucidate the concealed meanings in some of the more obscure writings of great authors such as Goethe

  • Provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LCO008030
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / German
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General