Date of Award

6-1-1966

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in German

Department

World Languages and Literatures

Physical Description

1 online resource (ii, 153 leaves)

Subjects

Johann Heinrich Merck -- 1741-1791 -- Criticism and interpretation, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -- 1749-1832 -- Faust

DOI

10.15760/etd.429

Abstract

Johann Heinrich Merck’s life and works, his novelettes, short stories, fables, essays, critical reviews and letters lend themselves to a recognition of parallels between him and Goethe's Mephistopheles - parallels in attitudes and viewpoints, parallels in manners of expression and of handling other people, parallels in their perception of the world around them, and even parallels in their fate. One looks in vain, however, for a serious comparison of these two figures, even though it is well known that many people believe Merck served as the model for Goethe's Mephistopheles. Literary historians and interpreters have discussed the pro and cons of this theory, but no one has yet made a detailed comparison. This thesis [written in German] attempts to fill this void.

Description

Portland State College. Dept. of Foreign Languages

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8254

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