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Goethe's Corpus and World Literature
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
corrupt, 1791, wine, management, Red, West, improbable, Hafez, 80, short, world, Frankfurt, Persian, Persia, Rome, Job, 1st, wider, Grimm, autobiographical, pilgrimage, innocent, Four, diplomatic, king, Western, Chinese, 17th, Renaissance, Xueqin, Duke, Classicism, family, Divan, duchy, Ming, characters
Chinese novels translated into                languages by 1827
very few
love stories full of adventures
nothing like the                novels that have since become part of the world literature canon
The Story of the Stone (Dream of the        Chamber)
by Cao              (1715-1764)
one of China's          Great Classical Novels
the novel circulated in manuscript copies with various titles until its print publication in         
first      chapters were written by Cao Xueqin
the novel is believed to be semi-                                , mirroring the rise and decline of author Cao Xueqin's own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty
remarkable not only for its huge cast of                      and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese society
takes place inside a              compound
Journey to the         
Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the          dynasty
known as Monkey
an extended account of the legendary                      of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang who traveled to the Western Regions, i.e. Central Asia and India, to obtain Buddhist sacred texts and returned after many trials and much suffering
lots of adventure
Haoqiu zhuan
"The pleasing history" or "The fortunate union"
a Chinese novel published in the          Century
plot: the beauty, Shui Bingxin, and the scholar, Tie Zhongyu, want to avenge their fathers and go against the bureaucracy, which is               
Goethe didn't limit himself to Chinese novels
a few years earlier, Wilhelm           , wrote to his brother about Goethe's doings
William Grimm on Goethe: "He's into                stuff, composed a collection of poems in the manner of Hafiz, and he is studying Arabic. And all this on top of reading from and explaining Haoqiu zhuan, another Chinese novel."
Goethe's move to Weimar
horizon was much            than that of his contemporaries
but chose to live in a small town of 6,000 people for pretty much his entire life
he had grown up in the much larger and more cosmopolitan                   
he was invited by the          of Weimar to live in that city
the            only had about 20,000 subjects
an independent entity in need of                     
Goethe made himself indispensable
got involved in the theater
took charge of roads, finances, and warfare
he sent on                      missions
he fought against Napoleon
Goethe's interest in world literature
many people didn't understand his drive for this
it was a matter of reading and writing
wrote much about his travels
had a yearning for the wider world inspired by the Persian poet           
Hafez (1326-1389)
lauded the joys of love and          but also targeted religious hypocrisy
wrote a collection of poetry called the West-Eastern           
bemoans the fact that he cannot travel to             
he intends to bridge the distance through imaginary leaps based on his intense study of Hafez
visits themes found in Hafez
also inspired by the Sanskrit play Abhijñānashākuntala
from the        century BCE
abandoned at birth by her parents, Shakuntala is reared in the secluded, sylvan hermitage of the sage Kanva, and grows up a comely but                  maiden
a          is enchanted by her and marries her
also modeled on the story of       
only telling his duke and butler, he set off for         
the land of the                        and Roman antiquity
this made him take up writing again, inaugurating a new period of literature: Weimar                     
laid the foundation for            literature

Ideas and Concepts:

On the impossibility of making distinctions in any world, fictional or actual, via tonight's Masterpieces of Literature class: "Truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true. Real becomes not-real where the unreal's real. - Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China's Four Great Classical Novels, by Cao Xueqin (1715-1764)"
Early 19th century German literature geeks, William Grimm to his brother Jacob on Goethe, via tonight's Masterpieces of Literature class: "He's into Persian stuff, composed a collection of poems in the manner of Hafiz, and he's studying Arabic. And all this on top of reading from and explaining Haoqiu zhuan, another Chinese novel."
Goethe and Eckermann
Goethe's Corpus and World Literature
The 19th Century Recovery of the Library of Ashurbanipal from 650 BC
Gilgamesh as World Literature
Themes from the Epic of Gilgamesh
Enkidu Introduced to Culture Via Shamhat
Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Humbaba and the Country
Gilgamesh and the Story of the Flood