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dc.contributor.advisorBurgard, Peter J.
dc.contributor.authorChaevitch, Anton
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-12T08:42:05Z
dc.date.created2019-05
dc.date.issued2019-05-07
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.citationChaevitch, Anton. 2019. Goethe and Law: Advancement Through Narrative and Arbitration. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:42029624*
dc.description.abstractAlthough Goethe was not only a literary writer, but also a lawyer and a statesman, his views on how law and why law advances have not been considered. Through a reading of Faust and the Wahlverwandtschaften, this dissertation shows that the two components of legal advancement in Goethe’s mind were narrative and gränzunbewußte arbitration [arbitration unconscious of borders]. Narratives shape the way we think, and thus affect laws and legal outcomes. As the legal significance of borders diminishes – as the legal order becomes more gränzunbewußt – narratives cross borders more easily, and their effect becomes more global. A focus on legal advancement in Goethe’s works opens a novel understanding of them. For instance, it is unclear whether Gretchen killed her child – even though she has become one of literature’s most famous child-killers. The evidence against her consists merely of contradictory narratives. The dominant narrative of infanticide in Goethe’s time dictated that only the mother could kill the child, and that is why Gretchen has been deemed guilty. The resolution of the pact between Faust and Mephistopheles can also be understood in a novel way. Mephisto’s defeat has been understood with reference to the terms of the written pact. However, it is better understood in terms of the legal advancement that has taken place since Faust I: in the gränzunbewußte legal order at the end of Faust II, Mephisto’s pact to claim Faust’s soul is no longer enforceable. The tragic ending of the Wahlverwandtschaften can be seen as the failure of legal advancement to materialize – for divorce fails to occur in spite of the fact that it has become legally possible – because the right narratives are missing, and the legal order is not gränzunbewußt.
dc.description.sponsorshipGermanic Languages and Literatures
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dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectGoethe
dc.subjectLaw
dc.subjectLegal Progress
dc.subjectFaust
dc.subjectWahlverwandtschaften
dc.subjectElective Affinities
dc.subjectMephistopheles
dc.subjectGretchen
dc.subjectInfanticide
dc.subjectInternational Arbitration
dc.titleGoethe and Law: Advancement Through Narrative and Arbitration
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorChaevitch, Anton
dc.date.available2019-12-12T08:42:05Z
thesis.degree.date2019
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPistor, Katharina
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTeskey, Gordon
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thesis.degree.departmentGermanic Languages and Literatures
thesis.degree.departmentGermanic Languages and Literatures
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dash.author.emailantonc2@gmail.com


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