Princeton University Library Catalog

Goethe as woman : the undoing of literature / Benjamin Bennett.

Author:
Bennett, Benjamin, 1939- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2001.
Description:
274 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
Summary note:
  • "The most celebrated of German poets, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is today as much an institution as a writer. This innovative study shows unexpected relations between Goethe the artist and "Goethe" the posthumous tradition, and considers the radical historical metamorphosis of his textual being.".
  • "Drawing on a lifetime of reading and reflecting on Goethe, Benjamin Bennett focuses on that writer's own struggle with the idea of reading, and with an understanding of the "wrongness" of literature that opens onto the possibility of woman as a needful destabilizing factor.
  • Bennett shows that even in his early writing Goethe exhibits a highly developed theoretical resistance against both the aesthetic and the national aspects of what was understood as literature in his time, an attitude that would lead him to experiment with gender difference as a means of staking out new literary positions." "Benjamin Bennett is a professor of German at the University of Virginia."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-268) and index.
Contents:
Pt. I. Man and the Problem of Reading. 1. Werther and Montaigne: Reading in the Aesthetic Sense. 2. Werther: Double Perspective and the Game of Life. 3. Egmont as a Politician. 4. Prometheus and Saturn: The Three Versions of Gotz von Berlichingen -- Pt. II. The Undoing of Literature. 5. Lotte's Name and Lotte's Body. 6. Heroes and Fleabags and Women: Gender and Representation in Penthesilea. 7. Guerrilla Warfare: Goethe and the Future of Literature. 8. Bridge, Against Nothing: Nietzsche as Woman. 9. Goethe and the Possibility of a Feminist Literary Project. 10. Goethe in "Goethe": the Primal Scene. Conclusion: Goethe as Woman.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
0814329489 (alk. paper)
LCCN:
00012506
OCLC:
45393485
RCP:
C - S