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Mignon's Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century

Terence Cave


This book traces the fortunes of the character Mignon, from Goethe’s 1796 novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, through the European cultures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Mignon corpus includes novels, stories, poems, plays, songs, operas, films, and images, and ranges from high-culture or canonic works to popular representations. These materials are displayed in the central chapters of the book as an ‘exhibition’, a historical repertory of instances from German, French, and English culture respectively; a further chapter charts Mignon’s musical manifestations in their relation t ... More

Keywords: Mignon, Goethe, cultural translation, cultural memory, family resemblances, fictional song, female adolescence, sentimentality, aphasia, cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Cave, author
Emeritus Professor of French, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford