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Schmitt-Maass, Christoph (2018): Vom politischen Ideal zum politischen Idyll: Die Rezeption von Fénelons Télémaque durch Haller und Wieland. In: Publications of the English Goethe Society, Vol. 87, No. 1: pp. 24-34
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Abstract

Two generations after the publication of Fenelon's Aventures de Telemaque (1699), the educational model of rulership it proposed began to crumble. While Albrecht von Haller tries to revive this model in his novel Usong (1771), Wieland demonstrates in his Goldner Spiegel (1772) that Telemaque figures only as an idyllic memory: instead of renewing old ideals, Wieland's complex story marks the end of all idealistic purposes of aristocratic education.