Public Talk Wed Apr. 24, 2024

Leiden an Werther

Talk with Prof. em. Dr. Rüdiger Görner

This lecture attempts to examine the perception of Werther as a European phenomenon with a focus on the 19th century. Starting with Foscolo's story "Ultime lettere de Jacopo Ortis" (1802), which is based on Goethe's epistolary novel, through Stendhal, Kierkegaard and Jacobsen's "Nils Lyhne" to the opera "Werther" by Jules Massenet (1892, German version of the libretto by Max Kalbeck), the stylization of the exaggerated emotion and its aesthetic function will be put up for discussion. The lecture thus deals with the handling of an elementary literary event.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Gesellschaft Hannover


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