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[Free] Little Women Masterclass: Louisa May Alcott And Goethe

What you’ll be taught

  • On this lecture you’ll study Louisa May Alcott’s love for the German tradition and literature and particularly her love for the German poet Goethe.
  • The similarities between Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women and Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • How German literature influenced Alcott’s profession.
  • What German immigrants skilled when shifting to America and the way they had been handled.


  • All you want is curiosity for Little Women and Louisa May Alcott. You’ll be taught every little thing you have to know
  • Curiosity for European and American historical past.


Louisa May Alcotts favorite author was the German poet Goethe and never solely did Alcott use Goethes plot gadgets in her novels resembling Little Women, however Goethe additionally appeared to have been one of many predominant fashions for professor Bhaers character, particularly in the way in which he encourages Jo to grow to be a severe author and Goethe had the same affect on Alcott’s writing profession.

Little Women has a number of references to German tradition and German folks. In 1865 Louisa May Alcott travelled to Europe and one of many locations she visited was Goethe’s home in Frankfurt she wrote about this occasion in her journal. Alcott was an avid e-book collector and sometimes ship messages to her associates to ship her new publications of Goethe’s books at any time when they appeared.

Alcott has a number of main male characters in her novels. Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women, Augustus Bopp within the “King of golf equipment” and the sort German soldier John in “Hospital Sketches”. Within the nineteenth century, Germans had been extensively discriminated in opposition to in America, so it’s outstanding that Alcott introduces German characters in her books and sometimes pairs them along with her American heroines. She additionally studied German and sometimes used German phrases in her tales. Goethe’s tales characterize the peak of the Sturm und Strang motion. When Alcott was in her early 20s she practised writing by copying storylines from the Sturm und Strang tales. These characters are dramatically full of emotional misery and we will discover them in lots of Alcott novels.

Small Umbrella In The Rain is an ongoing collection of video essays, articles and podcast episodes that examines the intersections in Louisa May Alcotts Little Women.

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