The Self as Muse: Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination 1750-1830 ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Richard Block

The Self as Muse: Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination 1750-1830

Bucknell University Press
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781611480337
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While there are countless philosophical and psychological studies that focus on sources of the self, narcissism - the creation of an ideal image of the self and the vain attempt to merge with it - has found relatively little attention in a pre-Freudian context. The Self as Muse fills this gap by examining various aspects of narcissism and their significance for the outpouring of creativity in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century German literature. Narcissism provided an impetus for poetic production when writers expressed what they perceived as the inner workings of their soul. By showing narcissism's pervasive allure for a broad array of literary productions, MathSs shows that narcissism is a constitutive force in both literary production and the construction of modern subjectivity. Yet this construction is by no means complete and invites the reader to strive toward the illusive image of an ideal.
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