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The Dialogue of the Dead in Eighteenth-Century Germany

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John Rutledge

This study provides a thorough examination of a Lucianic genre which enjoyed great popularity in 18th-century Germany. While preliminary attention is given to the nature of the dialogue of the dead, the main portion of the book explores the varied uses of the form, and traces its historical development in Germany. Dialogues of the dead by Bodmer, Wieland, D.C. Seybold, W.E. Neugebauer, Goethe and Grillparzer are analyzed and discussed. An appendix supplies a chronological listing of many German «Totengespräche».