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German Literature. Search this site. Navigation Home. Guide Books. Parallel Texts. Hall of Fame. Early Modern. Web Links. Only then did German critics realize that it offered far more than a trivial — and thrilling! In autobiographical first-person narrator mode, the Elixiere tell the fictional life story of the monk Medardus.
Suddenly, the young monk starts to be tormented by sexual desires incompatible with monastic life. When he meets the beautiful Aurelie, he flees from the monastery in order to lead a covetous and criminal life, his movements governed by desire, coincidence, and fate. Hoffmann did not simply have an uncanny eye for the irrational and the subconscious, for the dark workings of desires, dreams and ecstatic delusions; he was also well-informed about topical contemporary psychology and psychiatry.
Mein eignes Ich zum grausamen Spiel eines launenhaften Zufalls geworden, und in fremdartige Gestalten zerfliessend, schwamm ohne Halt wie in einem Meer all der Ereignisse, die wie tobende Wellen auf mich hineinbrausten.
My own self, having become the cruel game of a capricious coincidence, and dissolving into strange figures, swam anchorless in a sea of all the events which roared down on me like raving waves. I am that which I seem, and seem not what I am, an inexplicable puzzle to myself, I am disunited with my self! Characteristically for Hoffmann and the Romantic tradition, the narrative composition of the Elixiere is such as to offer multiple perspectives.
Posthumous Writings by Brother Medardus, a Capuchin , and later this transcription will turn out to have been the incomplete translation of an Italian text. The Elixiere is thus not a Bildungsroman, as scholars have sometimes maintained, i. It is not simply a Schauerroman either. Hoffmann, Die Elixiere des Teufels. Werke Kenneth G. Christopher R. Dennis F. Andrew J. Vererbung in E.
Hoffmann, Werke , Bd. Frankfurt a. Gerhard Weinholz, Psychologie und Soziologie in E.
Untitled (Illustrations for 'Die Elixiere des Teufels' (The Devil's Elixir): Medardus' atonement)
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Die Elixiere Des Teufels
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Subscribe on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , and wherever you get your podcasts! Title: Die Elixiere des Teufels Monk Medardus Dieter Laser , administrator of the relic chamber of a Capuchin monastery, drinks from the elixirs of the devil and is confronted with the dark sides of his soul. Sixteen-year-old students of a grammar school are supposed to write essays on "Love".
M. G. Lewis' The Monk and E. T. A. Hoffmann's Die Elixiere des Teufels — two versions of the gothic
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