Vol. 10 (2021)
Condizioni di Possibilità

(Auto)ritratti di dèi decaduti: “Die Götter im Exil” di Heinrich Heine

Arianna Amatruda
Università di Firenze
Published December 9, 2021


This essay aims to enlighten the motive of exile in Heinrich Heine’s Die Götter im Exil from both a historical-political and a psychological perspective. Heine’s essay offers an uncanny, yet satirical, scenario in which the author identifies with figures of fallen Greek-Roman gods, thus outlining a sort of polytheistic self-portrait. After considering the fall of his political ideals and the onset of his disease, each exiled god is analysed as a symbol of Heine’s inner laceration, whereas their exile eventually represents a performative act of leaving or dying. 


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