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Faust and the Bible

A Study of Goethe's Use of Scriptural Allusions and Christian Religious Motifs in Faust I and II

Osman Durrani

The aim of this study is to fill a gap in the interpretation of Goethe's «Faust» by providing the first full-length analysis of the poet's linguistic and thematic borrowings from the Bible and from Christian religious tradition written - in contrast to much of the earlier work in this field - from a non-sectarian point of view. It takes the form of a commentary on the drama, in which religious themes are identified and discussed with the object of determining their functions in Goethe's work. Inevitably, close attention is paid to earlier «Faust» scholarship, and the author has endeavoured to reappraise some of the major controversies in «Faust» criticism in the light of his own findings.
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Julian Ernest Preece and Osman Durrani

Most of the chapters in this volume were delivered as papers at a conference on the same theme held at the University of Kent in April 2002. The essays collected here, by scholars from the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the US, address a topic of fundamental concern across all the disciplines engaged with the study of contemporary Germany: the evolving relationship between urban and rural space, the metropolitan centre and the provincial Heimat. The volume identifies and investigates a number of recent trends: the emergence of ‘eco-literature’, the renaissance of writing – in prose and verse – inspired by the new Berlin, the realignment of regional sensibilities, which is complicated by the troubled tradition of Heimat in all its literary manifestations, and the continuing disjunctions between East and West. Individual essays engage with the work of established writers (Günter de Bruyn, Hubert Fichte, Peter Handke, WG Sebald, Siegfried Lenz, Martin Walser, and Elfriede Jelinek) and emerging talents (Georg Klein, Christof Hamann, Ludwig Laher, and Arnold Stadler).