The Faust Tales of Christoph Rosshirt

The Faust Tales of Christoph Rosshirt

A Critical Edition with Commentary

J.M. van der Laan

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Overview

Overview

The first cohesive Faust narrative in facsimile form, German transcription, and (first-ever) English translation, plus a history of Faust illustrations and an assessment of Faust's historicity.
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 of German at Illinois State University.

Details

June 2019
5 colour, 71 black and white illustrations
232 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781640140431
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BIC DSBD, 1DFG, 2AB, 3JB
BISAC LIT004170, HIS014000, FICO10000
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Faust, Christoph Rosshirt, and His Manuscript
PART 1. CHRISTOPH ROSSHIRT'S FAUST TALES
Facsimile Edition
Annotated German Transcription with English Translation
PART 2. COMMENTARY
Faust Illustrated from Rosshirt to Delacroix
Faust's Identity and the Significance of Rosshirt's Tales about Him
Bibliography

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