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Title The self as muse : narcissism and creativity in the German imagination, 1750-1830 / edited by Alexander Mathäs.

Publication Info. Lanham, Md. : Co-published with the Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, [2011]

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Description 1 online resource (vii, 222 pages) : illustrations.
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Series Transits : literature, thought & culture, 1650-1850
Transits (Bucknell University)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Narcissism and the self: an introduction / Alexander Mathäs -- Part I: Narcissism and the senses. Narcissism and the sublime / Alexander Mathäs; -- Narcissism, the self, and empathy: the paradox that created modern literature / Fritz Breithaupt -- Part II: Narcissism and morality. Self-reflection and knowledge of self in Hamann's early philosophical and aesthetic writings / F. Corey Roberts; Narcissistic investments and transformations in Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel's Lebenslaufe nach aufsteigender Linie and Über die Ehe / Ann Schmiesing; "Some day my prince will come": Fürstenspiegel and the bourgeois writer / Gail K. Hart -- Part III: Over and against Freud. Werther's sentimental narcissism: consciousness, communication, and the origin of the modern psyche / Edgar Landgraf; -- "I suffered and I loved": narcissism and abject desire in Goethe's "Confessions of a beautiful soul" / Susan Gustafson -- Part IV: Reading and writing narcissism. Textual narcissism in Kleist's "Über das Marionettentheater" / Richard Block; That Specter in my name: writing and its mirror effects in Hoffmann and Poe / Martin Klebes.
Summary 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 na.
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Subject German literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
German literature.
Chronological Term 18th century
Subject German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Chronological Term 19th century
Subject Narcissism in literature.
Narcissism in literature.
Self in literature.
Self in literature.
Subjectivity in literature.
Subjectivity in literature.
Narcissism -- Germany -- History.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Added Author Mathäs, Alexander, 1951-
Other Form: Print version: Self as muse 9780838757765 (DLC) 2010020698 (OCoLC)627700975
ISBN 9781611480337 (electronic book)
1611480337 (electronic book)
1299822037 (e-book)
9781299822030 (e-book)