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Goethe: Journey of the Mind
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Goethe: Journey of the Mind (Hardback)

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The German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is often seen as the quintessential eighteenth-century tourist, though with the exception of a trip to Italy he hardly left his homeland. Compared to several of his peripatetic contemporaries, he took few actual journeys, and the list of European cities in which he never set foot is quite long. He never saw Vienna, Paris, or London, for example, and he only once visited Berlin. During the last thirty years of his life he was essentially a homebound writer, but his intensive mental journeys countered this sedentary lifestyle, and the misconception of Goethe as a traveler springs from the uniquely international influence of his writing.



While Goethe's Italian Journey is a classic piece of travel writing, it was the product of his only extended physical journey. The majority, rather, were of the mind, taken amid the pages of books by others. In his reading, Goethe was the prototypical eighteenth-century armchair traveler, developing knowledge of places both near and far through the words and eyewitness accounts of others. In Goethe: Journeys of the Mind, Nancy Boerner and Gabrielle Bersier explore what it was that made the great writer distinct from his peers and offer insight into the ways that Goethe was able to explore the cultures and environments of places he never saw with his own eyes.

Travel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Haus Publishing Publication Date: 31/10/2018 ISBN-13: 9781909961524  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nancy Boerner served as collection development librarian for West European studies, classical studies, and Germanic, French, and Italian languages and literatures at Indiana University's Wells Library. In 2005 she published a translation of Peter Boerner's biography of Goethe. Gabrielle S. Bersier, Professor Emerita of German, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (USA), is the author of Wege des Heilens. Goethes physiologische Autobiographie 'Dichtung und Wahrheit' (Koenigshausen & Neumann 2014), Goethes Raetselparodie der Romantik. Eine neue Lesart der 'Wahlverwandtschaften' (Niemeyer 1997), along with numerous articles and book chapters on Goethe's relationship to contemporary literature, art and science. Peter Boerner was born in Estonia and educated in Germany. He was the curator of the Goethe Museum in Dusseldorf for several years and edited a paperback collection of Goethe s works which has now now appeared in 45 volumes. He has published extensively in the fields of Comparative Literature and Germanic Studies and teaches at Indiana University- Bloomington in the United States.

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