Elements of Shamanic Mythology in E. T. A. Hoffman's Romantic Conception of Music

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The musicians in E. T. A. Hoffmann's tales and essays demonstrate traits remarkably similar to those of shamans. Hoffmann uses the same imagery to describe the journey of the composer into the "realm of dreams," where he receives inspiration, as the shaman uses to describe the spirit world to which he journeys via music. Hoffmann was a major force in changing the 18th-century view of music as an "innocent luxury" to the 19th-century idea of music as a higher art. As a German Romantic,author, he subscribed to the idea championed by the Schlegels that true poetry is based on myth. ... continued below

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Miller, Harry A. W. (Harry Alfred Werner) December 1993.

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The musicians in E. T. A. Hoffmann's tales and essays demonstrate traits remarkably similar to those of shamans. Hoffmann uses the same imagery to describe the journey of the composer into the "realm of dreams," where he receives inspiration, as the shaman uses to describe the spirit world to which he journeys via music. Hoffmann was a major force in changing the 18th-century view of music as an "innocent luxury" to the 19th-century idea of music as a higher art. As a German Romantic,author, he subscribed to the idea championed by the Schlegels that true poetry is based on myth. In this thesis, Hoffmann's writings are compared with shamanic mythology to demonstrate a similarity beyond mere coincidence, without drawing conclusions about influence.

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Miller, Harry A. W. (Harry Alfred Werner). Elements of Shamanic Mythology in E. T. A. Hoffman's Romantic Conception of Music, thesis, December 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277978/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .