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Figure of Faust in Valery and Goethe
Author: Kurt Weinberg

ISBN: 9780691644226
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.8
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This book interprets Mon Faust and explores the differences between Valery's and Goethe's treatments of the Faust figure. The author shows by close analysis how Valery opposes a Cartesian, anti-Pascalian Faust to Goethe's romantically flawed hero. The title of the project conceived by Valery's Faust, The Mind's Body-part autobiography, part metaphysical treatise-embodies the Cartesian dilemma ironically illustrated by theMon Faust fragments: the misfortunes of the thinking essence, the cogito, in its subjugation to the body.


The first three chapters examine the Cartesian character of a Faust engaged in superhuman but vain attempts to reconcile the intellect and the libido. A fourth chapter discusses the differences between Goethe's and Valery's protagonists and as well between Goethe and his Faust. Throughout the book the author explores Valery's linguistic experimentation, which, through charades, paranomasia, onomastics, and etymological puns, brings into full play the mystifying and mythologizing aspects of language. To resolve the sty...

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