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Problematic Shores: The Literature of Islands (review)

Problematic Shores: The Literature of Islands (review) Mechthild Cranston The Comparatist, Volume 16, May 1992, pp. 155-156 (Review) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1992.0003 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415080/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:12 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPARATIST BOOKNOTES DOROTHEA E. VON MUECKE. Virtue and the VeU of Illusion: Generic Innovation andthe PedagogicalPmject in Eighteenth-CenturyLiterature. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford UP, 1991. xiii + 331 pp. In her very first book, Dorothea E. von Muecke, assistant professor of German Literature at Columbia University, achieves sweeping scholarly aims in a bold and creative manner. She treats English, French, and German works, focusing primarily on Richardson's Clarissa, Lessing^s Miss Sara Sampson, Rousseau's Julie, SchUler's Maria Stuart, and Wielaiid's Agathon. Drawing on Foucault's discourse analysis, she demonstrates how the cultural program for the formation of a new type of subjectivity in the eighteenth century led not only to the shaping of pivotal Uterary genres, but also to changes in educational and pubUc poUcy. The genres discussed include the epistolary novel, the bourgeois tragedy, the Classical German tragedy, and the BUdungsroman, whUe coverage of policy issues emphasizes the training of teachers and civil servants in Germany. Von Muecke's writing is dense, her http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Problematic Shores: The Literature of Islands (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 16 – Oct 3, 2012

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Mechthild Cranston The Comparatist, Volume 16, May 1992, pp. 155-156 (Review) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1992.0003 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415080/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:12 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPARATIST BOOKNOTES DOROTHEA E. VON MUECKE. Virtue and the VeU of Illusion: Generic Innovation andthe PedagogicalPmject in Eighteenth-CenturyLiterature. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford UP, 1991. xiii + 331 pp. In her very first book, Dorothea E. von Muecke, assistant professor of German Literature at Columbia University, achieves sweeping scholarly aims in a bold and creative manner. She treats English, French, and German works, focusing primarily on Richardson's Clarissa, Lessing^s Miss Sara Sampson, Rousseau's Julie, SchUler's Maria Stuart, and Wielaiid's Agathon. Drawing on Foucault's discourse analysis, she demonstrates how the cultural program for the formation of a new type of subjectivity in the eighteenth century led not only to the shaping of pivotal Uterary genres, but also to changes in educational and pubUc poUcy. The genres discussed include the epistolary novel, the bourgeois tragedy, the Classical German tragedy, and the BUdungsroman, whUe coverage of policy issues emphasizes the training of teachers and civil servants in Germany. Von Muecke's writing is dense, her

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