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Figure of Faust in Valery and Goethe: An Exegesis of Mon Faust - Princeton Essays in Literature (Hardback)
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Figure of Faust in Valery and Goethe: An Exegesis of Mon Faust - Princeton Essays in Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 21/08/1976
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This book interprets Mon Faust and explores the differences between Val ry's and Goethe's treatments of the Faust figure. The author shows by close analysis how Val ry opposes a Cartesian, anti-Pascalian Faust to Goethe's romantically flawed hero. The title of the project conceived by Val ry's Faust, The Mind's Body-part autobiography, part metaphysical treatise-embodies the Cartesian dilemma ironically illustrated by the Mon 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 Val ry's protagonists and as well between Goethe and his Faust. Throughout the book the author explores Val ry'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 stylistic problems associated with this fragmentary work the author adapts the tone of his exegesis to the diverse stylistic levels of Mon Faust. His analysis illuminates the Cartesian potential inherent in Val ry's protagonist.

Originally published in 1976.

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Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691063041
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 510 g

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