The Faust Tales of Christoph Rosshirt: A Critical Edition with Commentary [Hardback]

J.M. van der Laan(Author); J. M. van der Laan(Author)

ISBN: 9781640140431 | Published by: Camden House | Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture | Volume: Volume 203 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 268p, H9 x W6, 5 color, 71 black and white
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The Faust Tales of Christoph Rosshirt


The Faust legend, which has come down to us most famously in Goethe's tragedy but also in countless other incarnations since the late sixteenth century, was first collected and presented as a cohesive narrative (in manuscript) by Christoph Rosshirt during the 1570s. Rosshirt was also the first to provide illustrations of Faust, hand-colored by Rosshirt himself. This book offers a critical edition of Rosshirt's six tales, including an introductory chapter, a facsimile of the manuscript, a transcription and first-ever English translation on facing pages, as well as a history of Faust illustrations, with Rosshirt's own illustrations and other examples up through Delacroix, the most complete survey of such illustrations to date. A final chapter rounds out the study with an assessment of Rosshirt's significance for the Faust tradition, a review of the evidence for a historical Faust, and a rejection of his historicity (because it is unprovable) in favor of his existence only in his story - a story Rosshirt helped to tell - and in our imaginations that animate that story.

J. M. van der Laan is Professor Emeritus of German at Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Faust, Christoph Rosshirt, and His Manuscript
Facsimile Edition
Annotated German Transcription with English Translation
Faust Illustrated from Rosshirt to Delacroix and Beyond
Faust's Identity and the Significance of Rosshirt's Tales about Him

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