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Author Mathas, Alexander
Title The Self as Muse : Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination 1750-1830
Imprint New Jersey : Bucknell University Press, 2011
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Series Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850
Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850
Note Intro -- Acknowledgments -- Narcissism and the Self: An Introduction -- PART I: Narcissism and the Senses -- Narcissism and the Sublime -- Narcissism, the Self, and Empathy: The Paradox that Created Modern Literature -- PART II: Narcissism and Morality -- Self-Reflection and Knowledge of Self in Hamann's Early Philosophical and Aesthetic Writings -- Narcissistic Investments and Transformations in Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel's Lebensläufe Nach aufsteigender Linie and Über die Ehe -- "Some Day My Prince Will Come": Fürstenspiegel and the Bourgeois Writer -- PART III: Over and Against Freud -- Werther's Sentimental Narcissism: Consciousness, Communication, and the Origin of the Modern Psyche -- "I Suffered and I loved": Narcissism and Abject Desire in Goethe's "Confessions of a Beautiful Soul" -- PART IV: Reading and Writing Narcissism -- Textual Narcissism in Kleist's "Über das Marionettentheater" -- That Specter in My Name: Writing and Its Mirror Effects in Hoffmann and Poe -- Notes on Contributors
While there are countless philosophical and psychological studies that focus on sources of the self, narcissism - the creation of an ideal image of the self and the vain attempt to merge with it - has found relatively little attention in a pre-Freudian context. The Self as Muse fills this gap by examining various aspects of narcissism and their significance for the outpouring of creativity in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century German literature. Narcissism provided an impetus for poetic production when writers expressed what they perceived as the inner workings of their soul. By showing narcissism's pervasive allure for a broad array of literary productions, MathSs shows that narcissism is a constitutive force in both literary production and the construction of modern subjectivity. Yet this construction is by no means complete and invites the reader to strive toward the illusive image of an ideal
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Mathas, Alexander The Self as Muse : Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination 1750-1830 New Jersey : Bucknell University Press,c2011 9781611480320
Subject German literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.;German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.;Narcissism -- Germany -- History.;Narcissism in literature.;Self in literature.;Subjectivity in literature
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Alt Author Block, Richard
Breithaupt, Fritz
Gustafson, Susan
Hart, Gail K
Klebes, Martin
Landgraf, Edgar
Mathäs, Alexander
Roberts, F Corey
Schmiesing, Ann
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