Essays on Genre
Edited By Goethe Society of India, Chitra Harshvardhan, Rekha Rajan and Madhu Sahni
This volume is the 2015 Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India.
Jochen Golz - Faust und das Faustische. Ein abgeschlossenes Kapitel deutscher Ideologie?
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Faust und das Faustische. Ein abgeschlossenes Kapitel deutscher Ideologie?
Since its publication Goethe’s Faust has been interpreted at different times both through close readings as well as from different ideological perspectives. This chapter traces the stages of these interpretations, which have been significant milestones in the history of ideas in Germany and which were, till 1945, summed up as ‘Faustian’. After World War II the term ‘Faustian’ came to be negatively loaded. In recent years, however, this term is again being used freely, in an unself-conscious manner, without the baggage of the past. Drawing on recent developments, the article highlights that in future interpretations of Goethe’s Faust will also continue to be either close readings of the text or serve various ideological perspectives.
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