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Literature and the Image of Man
Volume 2, Communication in Society

ISBN 9781412857000
Published December 30, 2015 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

This volume's predominant theme is bourgeois mentality and its historical development. The works of Lope de Vega, Calderon, Cervantes, and Shakespeare, among others, are analysed within the historical framework of the decline of feudalism and the rise of the absolute regimes. Those of Moliere and Goethe are set against the background of an evolving and consolidating bourgeois society in Western Europe.

Table of Contents


Preface: Social Meanings in Literature

Part I: Studies on the European Drama and Novel from the Renaissance to the Threshold of Modernity

1 The Spanish Dramatists
Lope de Vega, 1562–1635
Calderon, 1600–1681

2 Cervantes, 1547–1616
Mobility: Sancho Panza
Creativity: Dulcinea
Property: The Gypsies
Justice: Don Quixote

3 Shakespeare's The Tempest
The Concept of Human Nature
Five Themes on the Island
Secularized Humility

Excursus A: The Tempest, Act I, Scene 1

4 The Classical French Theater
Corneille, 1606–1684
Racine, 1639–1699
Moliere, 1622–1673

5 From Werther to Wilhelm Meister
Individualism and the Middle Class
Werther: The Dislocated Individual
Wilhelm Meister: The Integrated Individual
World Literature and Popular Culture

6 Henrik Ibsen, 1828–1906
Private Life and Social Forces
The Dilemma of Freedom and Necessity

Excursus B: Note on August Strindberg

7 Knut Hamsun, 1860–1952
Hero Worship
Urban Society

Part II: Studies on the German Novel in the Nineteenth Century

8 Romanticism: Revolution Repressed

9 "Young Germany": Prehistory of Bourgeois Consciousness

10 Eduard Mo;rike: Troubled Embourgeoisement

11 Gustav Freytag: Bourgeois Materialism

12 Friedrich Spielhagen: Bourgeois Idealism

13 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer: Apologia of the Upper Class

14 Gottfried Keller: Bourgeois Repression

Afterword: From Helmut Dubiel, Editor of the German Edition of This Volume

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