The Old Retold

Archetypal Patterns in German Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Heinz J. Schueler (Author)
Others 144 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 106


Applying archetypal criticism, and more particularly Northrop Frye's understanding of the nature of literature, this book investigates archetypal patterns in German literature from Goethe's Faust to Dorst's Merlin. The Old Retold attempts to illuminate the archetypal unity of German literature and to reveal it as a continuum beyond the chronology of conventionally accepted periods and movements. Frye's critical mode is introduced to an area in which it is largely unknown or ignored. The collection demonstrates that this approach can be fruitfully used to shed new light on German literature of the past two hundred years.


ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1996. 144 pp.

Biographical notes

Heinz J. Schueler (Author)

The Author: H.J. Schueler was born in Tanzania. He was educated in Tanzania and Germany and received a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He is the author of articles on Pestalozzi, and books on Fallada, the German verse epic in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and his personal travels through Tanzania. He is currently Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto, Canada.


Title: The Old Retold