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Der goldne Topf has ratings and 55 reviews. Manybooks said: From the many E.T.A. Hoffmann works of shorter fiction that we read and analysed in my. Like most of Hoffmann’s texts, Der goldne Topf is informed by its author’s E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press. E. T. A. HOFFMANN’S DER GOLDNE TOPF: ITS ROMANTIC MYTH. By Kenneth Negus. AMONG THE MANY new areas of literary art explored by German.

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This isn’t a spoiler, because the end is not predictable. And really, far from the mundane, the philistine, reality being in any way wholly approached as dangerous or considered as evil, the one and main true villain of Hoffmann’s Der goldne Topfthe old apple woman, is actually and in fact even if she at first seems and appears as simply a mundane and inoffensive old peasant hawking her ware an inhabitant of the realm of fantasy, a mythical and esoteric foe from Lindhorst’s Atlantis past and likely related to or sent by Phosphorus, the Prince of Spirits, who banished Lindhorst from Atlantis in the first place.

Der Goldene Topf by E. T. A. Hoffmann

To tell the truth, both main characters, Anselmus and Veronika, will find at the end what they wanted, though they had to go through a lot of magic, curses, witchcraft and whatever.

Anselmus and the narrator, who, as mentioned above, steps out of his role to become a character in the story, are hfofmann to break free of the world of the middle class and enter the Kingdom of Marvels. Characters in a novel or in a tale should bind the events together. The first time he pisses in it he is transformed into a hlffmannetc.

A few days later, Anselmus accidentally encounters Lindhorst, who hoffmnan him in extravagant ways with his magic and reveals to him that the green-gold snakes he saw in the elder tree are his three daughters and that the blue-eyed one he fell in love with is his youngest, Serpentina. The novellawhich comprises twelve “vigils” chapters, literally “night watches”begins with the clumsy student Anselmus running through the Black Gate rer Dresdenwhere he knocks over the basket of wares of a hideous old applemonger, scattering them in all directions.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It reminds me of Kubla Khan by Coleridge and of Gustave A strange symbolic story that so fluidly moves between dream world and reality.


As hoffmnn subsequently attempts to copy another of Lindhorst’s manuscripts, it appears alien to him, and he accidentally splashes it with ink.

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The basic plot line, the storyline of Der goldne Topf comprises twelve chapters, which Hoffmann describes as vigils, as Nachtwachen and I do have wonder whether this designation by the author is perhaps one of the reasons that occasionally, E.

The author increasingly writes himself tkpf his story, and the finished work contains a number of autobiographical allusions and references to contemporary events and places in Dresden. I read this one as etx obligatory read for school but I really liked it. His work consists of making exact copies of Arabic and Coptic texts that he cannot decipher.

From the pot has sprung a bright lily that represents the love, happiness, and fulfillment of the young couple. I was looking for an inviting blend of the real and the unreal. It’s interesting in terms of era world theory and metalepsis. Oxford University Press,pp. Given the time it was written in I expected the snake-woman to be a biblical allegory.

Hoffmann certainly shares the contempt of other romantics for the philistine, but he considers the smugness, narrow-mindedness, contentment, and banality of the bourgeoisie to be elements that must be drawn into the wondrous realm of the imagination, not something to be reviled.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The telling is without atmosphere. The Salamander himself, however, must wait until his other two daughters are “off his hands” before he can return to this Kingdom of Marvels.

It was kind of distracting. Das Motiv des Wahnsinns findet sich hier ebenfalls, wenn auch nicht so stark wie bspw. The ending is unexpected and totally satisfying.

I have read that E. It turns out to be the story of Archivist Lindhorst, who in reality is a salamander, the Elemental Spirit of Fire, who has been banished from the Land of Atlantis by Phosphorus, the Prince of Spirits, and hffmann enter mankind’s prosaic existence on earth. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Deer of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero.

The characters fell flat.

Der goldne Topf by E.T.A. Hoffmann

In The Golden Potart and love spring from lives empty of color, beauty, and enthusiasm. This short novella may be E. The German title is Der goldne Topf. Hoffmann as more positively shining, more sparkling than mundane reality, the two are actually also never seem as total polar opposites, as enemies, but as two specific aspects, two specific and important components of what the world, what the universe means and is.


Stanford University Press,pp.

Der goldne Topf

An author must make them live and breathe for the reader. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

There were however a few things that annoyed me. Do not think for a moment, good Sir, of Scheherazade and one thousand and one nights– turbans and Turkish trousers have been banned completely. Aug 15, Sebastian rated it it was ok Shelves: Meine Lieblingszene dreht sich ganz um den Punsch, aber mehr will joffmann nicht verraten. It took me a long time to get into this story which is actually quite sad, considering it’s so short but it was totally worth it!

German Wikisource has original text related to this article: The more he works with the manuscripts the more familiar he becomes with them, until one day he copies a document that he can understand.

It’s more often way off from modern German – Anyway, I really like Hoffmann – this is too much action though. Run into the crystal which will soon be your downfall. Indeed, the novella shows many of the characteristics commonly associated with romanticism in general and German romanticism in particular: I got this book in a smaller Russian bookstore in haste, so I could read while waiting in the gardens; Strange selection in the first place for the store, since it’s shelved under ‘language learning’.

And while imagination, poetic striving and following one’s instincts are generally regarded as more important, more essential and as such more positive than being simply logical, Hoffmann also does not ever completely and absolutely reject reality and realism, but seemingly tries to find a golden mean and sorry, no pun intended with regard to the title, with regard to der goldne Topfa combination of fantasy and reality, of imagination and logic, a harmony of nature and modernity, with the poetic definitely situated above the prosaic, but the latter also not simply and utterly being rejected out of hand either.

Deutscher Klassiker Verlag,pp. In the opera, Tamino must survive tests imposed by Sarastro,a wise magician, if he is to win her.

Aug 12, Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I like the literature of the romantic period.