Strangers on the Shore and Hermann Hesse’s Journey of Self Discovery, and its Ultimate Expression in Narcissus and Goldmund

Michael White

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Abstract

Strangers on the Shore is an exploration of friendship, common ideas and enduring affinity. Two eighteen-year-old mathematics prodigies meet at Magdalene College, Oxford. They part under dramatic circumstances. Ethan leads an intellectually focused existence, while Simon becomes a libertine. They are reunited at the end of Simon's life. Each sustains a deep concern with the meaning of existence and the function of ostensibly inexplicable existential patterns. The exegesis concerns Hermann Hesse's work and life, considering Hesse's work with literary, philosophical and theological concepts. Strangers on the Shore draws inspiration from Hesse's novel Narcissus and Goldmund, making it a modern homage.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Walker, Brenda, Supervisor
  • Chinna, Stephen, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 13/06/2019 to 13/06/2021. Made publicly available on 13/06/2021.

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