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ISSN (Print) 0734-3329 - ISSN (Online) 1940-9087
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  • "Sie hat den Gegenstand": Rahel Levin Varnhagen's Subliminal Dialogue with
    • Abstract: In her essay "Rahel und Goethe" (Rahel and Goethe), Käte Hamburger (1896–1992) observes that "Rahels Gespräche, damals weit über Berlin hinaus berichtet, sind verklungen. Aber sie klingen nach und wieder auf in einem Briefwechsel" (113; Rahel's conversations, at that time talked about all over Berlin and beyond, faded away. But they resound time and again in an exchange of letters). In her response to Rahel Levin Varnhagen (1771–1833), Hamburger not only reacts to her writings, emphasizing the letter form as a supplement and extension of salon conversations, but also highlights the continuation of the dialogue that Levin Varnhagen had begun. The dialogue continues through time and space, as more authors and ... Read More
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  • Cultural Heritage versus Legal Inheritance: Conflicting Views of Goethe's
           Material Possessions, or Rereading His Personal Library
    • Abstract: It was in the mid-1800s that Goethe and Schiller were proclaimed Germany's "national" authors. Since then they have been co-opted as figureheads for the political values of virtually every German political state from the German Empire to the present day. This glorification comes at a cost, however, namely the authors' "Musealisierung und Mortifizierung" (musealization and mortification), as Dieter Borchmeyer has called it.1 However, this process may, in fact, be an involuntary and almost inevitable side effect of being part of any "cultural heritage." In this context, Goethe and Schiller stand for the "greatness" of German culture at large and have done so since at least since 1859, the centenary of Friedrich ... Read More
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  • Towards Goethean Anthropology: On Morphology, Structuralism, and Social
    • Abstract: In the first volume of Zur Morphologie (On Morphology), Goethe speaks of "drei große[n] Weltgegenden" (three great regions of the world) that he had begun to explore in Italy in the late 1780s, namely Kunst, Natur, and menschliche Gesellschaft (art, nature, and human society).1 Though his principles of observation will most prominently be developed in reference to natural phenomena—through his analyses of the growth of leaves, for example—Goethe holds that, in effect, "alles ist Blatt" (everything is leaf), such that phenomena outside of nature, including human culture and society, can be interpreted in analogous morphological terms. While Goethe's highly articulated positions on nature and art are well known, if ... Read More
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  • Weimar: An Experiment in Creativity'
    • Abstract: The duchy of Saxe Weimar-Eisenach was poor in resources and had few significant geographical features facilitating large-scale trade. Friedrich Justin Bertuch (1747–1822), financial advisor to Duke Carl August and businessman, characterized the economic situation of Weimar as not suitable for industry other than for commerce in literary and artistic products.2 Yet, two hundred years later, the Sonderforschungsbereich Ereignis Weimar described Weimar as a cumulative synergetic effect deriving from a range of forces.3 With this assessment, its research trajectory also unpacked and problematized the older notion of Weimar as a static cultural center, a Musenhof, extending an implied dialogue with Bertuch. As the many ... Read More
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  • Forum: Canon versus "The Great Unread"
    • Abstract: When we embarked on editing the Goethe Yearbook, we brainstormed ideas about formats for disseminating research that would usefully complement the stellar articles that appear annually. Our interest turned to the forum, a robust format that has fostered lively debate elsewhere (e.g., Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation) and has recently been popularized by our colleagues at the German Quarterly. Naturally, we zeroed in on a topic that is still underrepresented in the Yearbook but that has begun to alter the ways in which we approach the study of Goethe and, more broadly, the eighteenth century—within our comparatively small field in North America, as well as in Germany and in adjacent disciplines invested ... Read More
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  • From Literature to Metadata
    • Abstract: This is not the first time that questions about the "great unread" have been raised with regard to eighteenth-century German studies. In the 1960s and early 1970s a variety of monographs sought to look beyond the canon to consider the entire range of imaginative fiction available to eighteenth-century readers. Thanks to the efforts of such scholars as Marion Beaujean, Marianne Spiegel, Eva D. Becker, Albert Ward, and Rudolf Schenda, to name just a few, we know more about the broader literary landscape of the period than one might assume, not only with regard to its general topography but also the composition of the soil.1None of the authors of these studies had access to electronic corpora, but they still managed ... Read More
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  • Recovery and Obsolescence: Feminist Scholarship, Computational Criticism,
           and the Canon
    • Abstract: By claiming to move beyond the few to consider the many, including authors and works previously excluded from scholarly interest, Franco Moretti's call for "distant reading" and the rise of digital humanities have proffered possible remedies for what is perceived to be ailing traditional literary studies. This challenge to rethink scale and scope in literary studies has unleashed a host of scholarship that has sought to engage critically with Moretti's ideas but in tempered, moderated forms (such as Underwood, Piper, and Bode) as well as forcefully pushed back on claims that more is better (most recently Nan Z. Da).1 It cannot be denied that scholarship attending to the "many" or the "distant" has been productive ... Read More
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  • Literarische Kleinformen als Mittler zwischen Kanon und "The Great Unread"
           am Beispiel des Stammbuchs der Goethezeit
    • Abstract: Die Analyse von Rezeptionsphänomenen literarischer Texte gehört zum Kerngeschäft der Literaturwissenschaft. Dabei geraten entweder die Texte selbst mit den ihnen inhärenten Wirkungsweisen (Rezeptionsästhetik) oder die Leser (bzw. die Zuschauer oder Zuhörer) in den Blick, indem individuelle wie gruppenbezogene Wirkungsmechanismen untersucht (Leseforschung) und/oder für die jeweiligen Gruppen ableitbare Lern- und Lehrkonzepte entwickelt werden (Literaturdidaktik). Auch die sehr hetero-gene Kanon- und Wertungsforschung ist vorrangig dem leserorientierten Bereich zuzuordnen, geht aber noch einen Schritt weiter, indem sie Fragen der Deutungshoheit auf dem Literaturmarkt zu beantworten sucht.Rückt der Leser in den Fokus ... Read More
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  • Temporary Canonicity and the Horizontal Perspective: Digitization and the
           Emergence of "Forgotten Canons"
    • Abstract: In this contribution, I argue that easy access to large amounts of digitized eighteenth-century materials along with the ready availability of computational processes to analyze them produces a shift in perspective toward these materials, thus presenting new opportunities for research into historical cultural contexts, such as the Goethezeit. Predigital research has tended to focus on historically vertical perspectives, both culturally (creating canons, frequently national) and socially (creating historical narratives, frequently national histories, with canonical events, figures and sources). By contrast, the study of large corpora with the help of computational methodology can establish horizontal perspectives ... Read More
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  • Kanon und Digitalität
    • Abstract: Im Zeichen des digitalen Wandels steht die Wertschätzung der überlieferten Schriftzeugnisse und Quellen des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts und die wissenschaftliche Beschäftigung mit ihnen etlichen Herausforderungen gegenüber—dies gilt für andere Zeit- und Epochenkonstrukte nicht minder. Denn durch die Transformation von Texten ins Digitale, sei es durch Digitalisierungen, sei es durch automatisierte oder semiautomatisierte Volltexterfassungen sowie reine Digitalausgaben, werden Fragen virulent, wie sich dies alles im Rahmen einer wechselseitigen Verknüpfung—um es mit Faust'schen Worten zu sagen—zu einem Ganzen webt: Wie können digitale Verfahren produktiv auf die Gutenberg-Galaxis rückwirken oder vice versa Hypothesen ... Read More
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  • Measuring Unreading
    • Abstract: When Margaret Cohen first coined the term "the great unread," she was referring to the vast swaths of literary history that remain unexamined by scholars.1 In this sense, these books are not "not read," but simply not studied, or studied only by a small cohort of later readers. Indeed, many of these supposedly unread books may have been some of the most popular, and thus most read, by readers of the past. As Franco Moretti's later work would underscore, addressing the great unread is about reclaiming the study of certain types of books that have been overlooked and attempting to construct a more representative sample of the past.2 New digital techniques of text analysis have allowed scholars to be less selective ... Read More
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  • Digital 1800
    • Abstract: Writing at the dawn of the computer age, the famous logician Kurt Gödel looked back to the period around 1800 in order to describe the developments in mathematics around 1900. Gödel's fame rested on his incompleteness theorems of the early 1930s, which showed that any formalized system of mathematics will contain statements that cannot be proven true or false by the axioms that define that system. And, yet, the constraints implied by his work regarding the solvability of every mathematical problem disappear, Gödel wrote in 1961, if one continues to add new axioms to the system—an idea that "agrees in principle with the Kantian conception of mathematics." Indeed, Kant's claims regarding mathematics, made most ... Read More
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  • Forum Bibliography
    • Abstract: The following bibliography is far from being comprehensive when it comes to exploring the canon versus "the great unread." Instead, by compiling many of the resources that our contributors consulted, we invite readers to continue to immerse themselves in the questions and dimensions raised ... Read More
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  • Tales of Love and Folly: An Introduction to August von Kotzebue's Mein
           Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht
    • Abstract: Transcribed, edited, and with anintroduction by George S. Williamson• GEORGE S. WILLIAMSON: Tales of Love and Folly: An Introduction to August vonKotzebue’s Mein Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht• Notes on the Following Text: Mein Umgang mitdem schönen Geschlecht by August von Kotzebue• AUGUST VON KOTZEBUE: Mein Umgang mit dem schönen GeschlechtNot very long ago, the playwright and polemicist August von Kotzebue (1761–1819) was considered beneath the consideration of serious scholars of German literature. If he was remembered, it was as an antipode to Goethe, an exponent of Trivialliteratur, or as the unfortunate though perhaps deserved victim of the student nationalist Carl Ludwig Sand. Despite his enormous ... Read More
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  • Notes on the Following Text: Mein Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht
           by August von Kotzebue
    • Abstract: Transcribed, edited, and with anintroduction by George S. Williamson• GEORGE S. WILLIAMSON: Tales of Love and Folly: An Introduction to August vonKotzebue’s Mein Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht• Notes on the Following Text: Mein Umgang mitdem schönen Geschlecht by August von Kotzebue• AUGUST VON KOTZEBUE: Mein Umgang mit dem schönen GeschlechtThe following text is a transcription of a manuscript in the Nachlass August von Kotzebue (Slg Adam [K 90]) located in the Handschriftenabteilung of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin—Preußischer Kulturbesitz zu Berlin. It is published here with the kind permission of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.1In transcribing the text and preparing it for publication, the chief goal ... Read More
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  • Mein Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht
    • Abstract: Transcribed, edited, and with anintroduction by George S. Williamson• GEORGE S. WILLIAMSON: Tales of Love and Folly: An Introduction to August vonKotzebue’s Mein Umgang mit dem schönen Geschlecht• Notes on the Following Text: Mein Umgang mitdem schönen Geschlecht by August von Kotzebue• AUGUST VON KOTZEBUE: Mein Umgang mit dem schönen GeschlechtWenn ich in meinem 56ten Jahr diese Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben mir zurückrufe, so geschieht es zum Theil um des Vergnügens willen, welches sie mir vor jetzt gewähren, zum Theil, um meinen Kindern, die noch in der Jugend blühen (auch manchen sorglosen Eltern) hie u. da ein Warnungs-Täflein zu hinterlassen.Mit regeren Gefühlen für das schöne Geschlecht ist wohl niemand ... Read More
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  • Begriff
    • Abstract: Begriff in its Goethean reconstruction lays out a complex and dynamic plane of verbal experimentation and conceptual reinvention that lies immanently within the world. Unlike the clear and distinct concepts of rational metaphysics, which function as fixed universals beyond the reach of sense experience, Goethe's metaconcept draws on an expressive power within language to generate sequences of cognitive moves and transitional moments of understanding that stand in close relation to each other and can be gathered in graded series, where they are "saved," like ARISTOTLE's phainomena (appearances), for further observation, reflection, and composition. Through its successive manifestations, BEGRIFF encompasses a force ... Read More
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  • Irrlichtelieren
    • Abstract: The neologism irrlichtelieren can be defined as: "An innovative and eccentric line of thought, … a lexical innovation … that configures the 'improper' imperative of Goethean thought … to displace the 'proper' way of doing philosophy (including logic, rationalist metaphysics, and transcendental idealism) by repurposing its traditional instruments of torture."1 Goethe invented the word and used it only once, in the student scene of Faust I. Derived from the noun Irrlicht (will-o'-the-wisp, or ignis fatuus), it initially identifies the confused thinking of the student who has yet to learn logic,Daß er bedächtiger so fortanHinschleiche die Gedankenbahn,Und nicht etwa, die Kreuz und Quer,Irrlichteliere hin und ... Read More
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  • Stella: A Play for Lovers by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (review)
    • Abstract: Goethe's drama Stella, subtitled Ein Schauspiel für Liebende in fünf Akten, is a controversial work: featuring an unfaithful husband, two betrayed women, and an implied ménage à trois, its plot strikes the reader as decidedly modern. The same can be said of Susan E. Gustafson and Kristina Becker Malett's new translation of the play, which renders the language of the drama as vibrantly as the events it depicts. Although little-performed, Stella is a play that appeals to casual readers and serious scholars alike, and Gustafson and Becker Malett's fresh approach satisfies the often-divergent demands of both these groups.There have been several previous translations of the play, most notably by Robert Browning and ... Read More
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  • Goethe: Journeys of the Mind by Gabrielle Bersier, Nancy Boerner, and
           Peter Boerner (review)
    • Abstract: During his lifetime, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was not a frequent traveler, aside from his famous Italian journeys, but he engaged frequently with reports of faraway places in letters, scientific treatises, statistics, and other media. Especially later in life, Goethe read a variety of accounts of foreign countries from home in order to form his own impressions of these places and people. In Goethe: Journeys of the Mind, Gabrielle Bersier and Nancy Boerner continue the work of the late Peter Boerner (1926–2015), as they cogently interpret Goethe's correspondence and literary work in conversation with a network of travelers', explorers', and scientists' correspondence and writings to contour the limits ... Read More
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  • The Virginal Mother in German Culture: From Sophie von La Roche and Goethe
           to Metropolis by Lauren Nossett (review)
    • Abstract: The name Goethe alone in the subtitle of a book can make the heart of a Goethe lover beat faster. However, the main title of Lauren Nossett's book makes it clear that the subject is female, more precisely "the virginal mother," which is, indeed, an enticing topic for many literary scholars. In her introduction, the author states that the subject of her analysis "is an ideal of youth, virtue, and self-sacrifice."The book covers the emergence of the idea of the virginal mother from the eighteenth century to modernity, following a brief introduction to the time period before it. It immediately becomes apparent that the amount of research provided in her treatment of these topics is vast; as the author acknowledges ... Read More
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  • Eigentlichst, nachbarlichst, der Deinige: Goethes absolute Freiheit des
           Superlativs by Mathias Mayer (review)
    • Abstract: Like the fascinating essay on Goethe's use of personal pronouns in Albrecht Schöne's Der Briefschreiber Goethe (reviewed Goethe Yearbook, vol. 23), this study is an account of another formal feature of Goethe's written language. Before reading this small book, I would not have thought I was especially mindful of Goethe's abundant use of the grammatical feature known as the superlative; however, as the final chapter of this book makes clear, masters of German literature such as Thomas Mann and Thomas Bernhard have expertly and ironically channeled Goethe in this respect. However, the author, Mathias Mayer, a professor of German at the University of Augsburg, goes to great pains to banish the implication that, in ... Read More
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  • G. E. Lessing: Poetic Constellations between the Visual and the Verbal by
           Beate I. Allert (review)
    • Abstract: Few eighteenth-century German authors (with the obvious exceptions of Schiller and Goethe) engage with issues concerning the human psychology of artistic perception with as much firsthand experience in both verbal and visual genres as Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. From his positions as theater administrator, author, and critic, Lessing examines, understands, and comments upon drama as a visually aesthetic experience as well as a literary art, with great sensitivity, intelligence, and expertise, while penning works for the stage that still play well today. Of the literary forms predating the modern era of film and graphic novels, none is comparable to the drama for its reliance upon "visuality" for its effects, and thus ... Read More
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  • Zwischen Norm und Chaos: Literatur als Stimme des Rechts by Katrin Becker
    • Abstract: Katrin Becker's Zwischen Norm und Chaos is an ambitious work that draws on the concepts of Pierre Legendre's dogmatic anthropology in order to rethink the relationship between law and literature. Since Legendre's work may be relatively unknown to those working in intellectual disciplines outside law and literature studies, a large section of the book gives a clear and engaging introduction to the concepts, operations, and investments of Legendre's theory before mining its aesthetic potential, above all for works of literature. Indeed, the very notion of dogma that Legendre seeks to rehabilitate—which links normative commitments and beliefs (doxa) to a manner of appearance, making visible, and even potential ... Read More
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  • Zu einer Semantik von unten: Medien-, material- und diskursphilologische
           Studien zu Schrift und Schreiben in der Zeit von 1770 bis 1834 by
           Sebastian Böhmer (review)
    • Abstract: Sebastian Böhmer's ambitious study purports to distinguish high and low semantics in the time from 1770 to 1834 based on levels of reflection on form and medium. The Semantik von unten of the title refers to a kind of writing that includes or thematizes the media and materiality of writing and the writer, who thereby becomes, in an adaptation of Niklas Luhmann's phenomenology, a second-order writer (Schreiber zweiter Ordnung). This semantics is contrasted with a Semantik von oben, the idea of writing as unimpaired communication or transfer without loss or interference, particularly of inner contents, intentions, or affects that are ready-formed and simply awaiting expression. The Semantik von unten therefore ... Read More
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  • Walter Kaufmann: Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic by Stanley Corngold
    • Abstract: "Plainly, most reviews should not be taken very seriously." This is Walter Kaufmann's judgment on the ethics of book reviewing, from one of his later works, The Future of the Humanities (1977; quoted here by Corngold). Who would dispute such an assessment, even in the present context' Book reviews are minor works that offer only the briefest reflections, so there is nothing particularly surprising about this statement. The only aspect of this pronouncement on the "meaning and importance" of reviews that one might find peculiar is that so much importance is placed on reviews in Corngold's book. Kaufmann's sensitivity to the way his work was received is a persistent sore spot throughout his career, and by the time he ... Read More
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  • Romanticism, Hellenism, and the Philosophy of Nature by William S. Davis
    • Abstract: Late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European philosophical trajectories were dramatically shifted by the epistemologies of Kant and Fichte. Furthermore, these epistemologies placed the very objects that human subjects experience in a gravely problematic relationship, where it seemed that the essential object could not be known directly, or it would have to be subsumed into a subjectivism that many found difficult to swallow—especially (and most tragically) Kleist, but others as well. Davis's book offers an engagingly readable account of how several of the main figures of literature and philosophy confronted the problem head-on, beginning with the early friendship of Schelling, Hölderlin, and Hegel ... Read More
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  • Laune: Poetiken der Selbstsorge von Montaigne bis Tieck by Christiane Frey
    • Abstract: A cursory glance at some of the more recent philosophical lexica and dictionaries will, in all likelihood, accord little attention to the seemingly fleeting and capricious concept that lies at the heart of Christiane Frey's study on Laune. Mood, or Laune—as distinguished from the more philosophically resonant and exalted concept of mood as attunement, or Stimmung—does not have its own entry in Ästhetische Grundbegriffe (2000–2005) or in the more recent Dictionary of Untranslatables (2014).And yet, it is a significant term in the history of aesthetics and itself an untranslatable term, one whose contours Frey approaches with great erudition, flair, and mercurial agility. It flits around Stimmung, it circles the ... Read More
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  • Kindheit und Literatur: Konzepte—Poetik—Wissen ed. by Davide Giuriato,
           Philipp Hubmann, and Mareike Schildmann (review)
    • Abstract: Over approximately the last thirty years, scholars have explored the literary discourse of childhood extensively and probingly. With respect to the Age of Goethe alone, outstanding studies include Dieter Richter's Das fremde Kind (1987), Hans-Heino Ewers's Kindheit als poetische Daseinsform (1989), Friedrich Kittler's Dichter. Mutter. Kind (1991), and Stephan K. Schindler's Das Subjekt als Kind (1994). The edited volume under review is proof that, despite the range and quality of the existing scholarship, this topic is far from exhausted.One of the pleasures of Kindheit und Literatur is its eclectic breadth. It assembles fifteen essays on a wide variety of authors from antiquity to the present and from a variety of ... Read More
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  • Sissi's World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth ed. by Maura E.
           Hametz and Heidi Schlipphacke (review)
    • Abstract: Hametz and Schlipphacke's Sissi's World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth explores various manifestations of Sissimania around the world, including Sissi-inspired tourism and Sissi facebook groups. Although there are references to the historical Elisabeth, the volume is primarily interested in Sissi as an iconic figure. Hametz and Schlipphacke's introduction draws on Mosse, Halbwachs, Benjamin, and Barthes to highlight the importance of memory, myth, and nostalgia in the reception of the Austrian empress, who remains little known in the United States. They link the emergence of Sissimania to the decline of the Habsburg empire but also argue that all figurations of Sissi are invariably beholden to the ... Read More
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  • The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints 1770–1850 ed. by John
           Ittmann (review)
    • Abstract: This oversize volume is substantial in more than one way. The book with 350 color illustrations of the highest quality showcases the museum's amazing collection of German Romantic prints by the collector John S. Phillips. This collection is the most encyclopedic in the US and contains rare works missing even in European collections. "Maler Müller," Caspar David Friedrich, Adrian Ludwig Richter, and Philipp Otto Runge are just a few of the illustrious artists covered. The book helps us "imagine the tremendous effect of these black-and-white masterpieces on the era's imagination," as Cordula Grewe puts it in this volume.The impressive volume grew out of the exhibition with the same title at the Philadelphia Museum of ... Read More
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  • Kleine artige Kupfer: Buchillustration im 18. Jahrhundert by Sandro Jung
    • Abstract: This excellent book accompanied a noteworthy exhibition at Wolfenbüttel's Bibliotheca Augusta in 2018 curated by Sandro Jung, the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Ghent University. Both showcase important eighteenth-century holdings in the Herzog August Library and Sandro Jung's private collection. The publication draws on and expands Jung's eminent studies on the complexities of eighteenth-century print culture and visual cultures in Britain, such as The Publishing and Marketing of Illustrated Literature in Scotland (2017) and James Thomson's "The Seasons," Print Culture, and Visual Interpretation, 1730–1842 (2015). The book consists of a catalogue of fifty-seven titles ... Read More
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  • Persistence of Folly: On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature by Joel
           B. Lande (review)
    • Abstract: In casting around for a title, Joel Lande could have justifiably paraphrased that of Nietzsche's own first book: "The Birth of German Drama out of the Spirit of the Fool." This shorthand gives an idea of the forceful case that Lande persuasively makes in his book, Persistence of Folly: On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature. He shows that far from being a transitory phenomenon that waned after the 1730s, the fool can, in fact, provide a key to understanding the historical development of German literature in the entire eighteenth century. To do so, Lande draws upon insightful analyses of contemporary performance practice, genre theories, and discourses of nationhood. Anyone interested in the literature ... Read More
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  • Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism: Mind, Matter, and the Life Sciences
           after Kant ed. by Edgar Landgraf, Gabriel Trop, and Leif Weatherby
    • Abstract: The diverse group of theories known as "posthumanism" shares perhaps but one characteristic: the belief that humanism, in our historical moment, has been, or needs to be, overcome. This collection, containing an introduction and a series of fourteen papers, many by frequent contributors to the Goethe Yearbook, might well have been entitled: "On Humanism: Essays for its Cultured Despisers." Its greatest virtue (and source of delight) is its construction of fascinating and often unexpected interfaces between, very broadly speaking, (post-)Kantian writers and natural scientists and various directions of today's posthumanist thought. These connections work both ways: not only do they provide new windows into older ... Read More
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  • Shakespeare as German Author ed. by John McCarthy (review)
    • Abstract: This is an important bilingual work on Shakespeare reception in the Germanspeaking world, and a significant addition to Roger Paulin's The Critical Reception of Shakespeare in Germany 1682–1914 (2003), his edited essay collection Shakespeare im 18. Jahrhundert (2007), as well as Hans-Jürgen Blinn's Shakespeare-Rezeption: Die Diskussion um Shakespeare in Deutschland (1982), the latter mainly providing documentary resources. In light of these three previous contributions, John McCarthy's Shakespeare as German Author stands out in regards to the time span it covers (focusing on the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century), its thematic focus on literary and theater reception, and its emphasis on theories of ... Read More
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  • The Radical Enlightenment in Germany: A Cultural Perspective ed. by Carl
           Niekerk (review)
    • Abstract: Over the last two decades, the historian Jonathan Israel has undertaken an ambitious multivolume project to change how we understand the Enlightenment. Where previous scholarship emphasized the diversity of separate national Enlightenment traditions, Israel regards it as an integrated, pan-European phenomenon with two prominent strands: a radical camp, populated by principled atheists and freethinking rebels who brooked no compromise with established monarchical and clerical power, and a moderate wing, which shared many values with the radicals but did not hesitate to accommodate the status quo. Israel argues we have given too much credit to moderates like Voltaire and Kant, while the real intellectual core of the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Herder: Aesthetics against Imperialism by John K. Noyes (review)
    • Abstract: In his helpful introduction, John K. Noyes gives an astute account of cultural history during Herder's time in order to document a growing awareness of the various dimensions of globalization and the development of an anti-imperialist aesthetics. He argues that "although Herder does not use the word imperialism, it is clear that he talks about what Christopher Bayly calls the 'first age of global imperialism,' beginning around 1760—that is, around the time Herder started to write." Noyes also draws from theoretical works by Dimas Figueroa on the three structural conditions that make globalization possible, from Immanuel Wallerstein's description of "the second era of the great expansion of the capitalist world ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Das Format der Literatur: Praktiken materieller Textualität zwischen 1740
           und 1830 by Carlos Spoerhase (review)
    • Abstract: The hegemony that the book supposedly enjoyed during the Goethezeit is a mirage, Carlos Spoerhase argues at the beginning of Das Format der Literatur, his particularly productive intervention into philology's renewed interest in the book as a philological object. In fact, the question of what exactly a book is was far more precarious during the era than is commonly appreciated. Indeed, the word book is often used metonymously to refer to communicative functions and pathways of intellectual transference that are strictly divorced from the inscribed or printed object that, Spoerhase argues, needs to be addressed directly. Through an analysis of neglected genres such as the Manuskript für Freunde, Spoerhase ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Organic Vitality: Experimenting at the Boundaries of Life by Joan
           Steigerwald (review)
    • Abstract: Upon the completion of an experiment on a dreary November night, a young doctor Frankenstein wrote in his diary,"I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet … by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs." Today, Frankenstein reads as a bizarre tale, albeit one with crucial implications about the monstrosity of humanity and the humanity of the supposedly monstrous. At the time when Mary Shelley wrote the novel, though, the sciences were animated by discussions about what precisely separated the living from the nonliving. ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Odysseys of Recognition: Performing Intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle,
           Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist by Ellwood Wiggins (review)
    • Abstract: It might come as a surprise to some readers that the newest monograph in the series "New Studies in the Age of Goethe" would open with a discussion of the famous recognition scene between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back ("'I am your father'"). But with this opening salvo in Odysseys of Recognition, Ellwood Wiggins illuminates the status of recognition—what Aristotle terms anagnorisis—in modernity. As Aristotle's definition in the Poetics reads (as quoted by Wiggins): "Recognition, just as the name itself signifies, is a change from ignorance to knowledge, into either friendship or enmity, among those bound for good or bad fortune." While we generally associate recognition ... Read More
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  • Editors' Preface
    • Abstract: With the publication of volume 27, we would like to take the opportunity to address some innovations. In this volume, we introduce an array of new formats through which we pursue research on Goethe, his age, and the long eighteenth century and seek to encourage new modes of collaboration, including, perhaps, communication across several volumes.A range of articles that contribute to the rich and growing archive of scholarship on German eighteenth-century studies opens this issue. Helmut J. Schneider's article, based on a keynote address at the 2017 Atkins Goethe Conference, "Re-Orientations around Goethe," highlights the eighteenth-century genesis of the bourgeois subject's unitary experience of the natural world. ... Read More
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  • "O dass kein Flügel mich vom Boden hebt": Gang und Blick als Figuren der
           Überschreitung in Goethes Dichtung (Werthers Leiden, Hermann und
           Dorothea, Wahlverwandtschaften, Faust)
    • Abstract: Das kunst- und literaturgeschichtliche Interesse für den Wechselbezug von Raum und Subjekt, wie er sich über die körperliche Bewegung und den Blick bestimmt, besitzt im Motiv des Spaziergangs oder der Wanderung in der Landschaft einen privilegierten Gegenstand. Dafür ist nicht zuletzt die historische Verankerung im europäischen 18. Jahrhundert und der Romantik verantwortlich, die das weite und leicht ausufernde Forschungsfeld hier an einem fest umrissenen Ursprungsort zu beschreiben erlaubt. Mit dem Gang in die freie Natur initiierte die Aufklärung eine bald (in der westlichen Welt) alltägliche Kulturpraxis, die symbolisch für ihren Emanzipationsanspruch steht. Der Aufbruch "ins Freie" vor die Tore der Stadt ... Read More
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  • Werther's Pulse
    • Abstract: After pouring himself a glass of wine, Lessing's Emilia Galotti open on his desk, Werther shoots himself above the right temple. But the most famous suicide in German literature is not nearly as successful as the book's scandalous reputation might suggest. The gunshot was not fatal; Werther continues to live for an entire night, breathing, quivering, crawling on the floor. Only with the doctor's help does he finally pass away the following day—all of which is reported by an editor who narrates Werther's final hours.The circumstances of Werther's suicide and their relation to Emilia's death have been studied extensively since the novel's first appearance in 1774. Goethe himself shared that he had received a detailed ... Read More
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  • Moritz's Veil: Observation, the Rupture of Individuality, and Magazin zur
    • Abstract: The late eighteenth century was an era of observation. Whether through the physical structure of the school, emerging practices of scientific observation, or a closer examination of statistics and data, the era's mission was to uncover and unlock the hidden workings of the world. As many have noted, Enlightenment projects were frequently driven by a "totalizing imperative" that attempted to map, locate, and fix subjects in grand systems.1 For example, statistical observation could monitor the state of the economy, the close study of a plant could categorize it within the Linnaean system, ethnological observation generated examples of human diversity, and measurements taken on opposite sides of the globe proved ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Disinterested Love: Ethics and Aesthetics in Karl Philipp Moritz's
           "Versuch einer Vereinigung aller schönen Künste und Wissenschaften unter
           dem Begriff des in sich selbst Vollendeten"
    • Abstract: Aesthetic autonomy remains one of the most persuasive and prolific ideas in the reception of German neoclassicism. A quick glance at the vast amount of research on the subject reveals that it is, in fact, one of the defining traits, or perhaps the defining trait, of this particular movement in the history of art and literature. General surveys of the period, often also referred to as Weimar classicism or the Age of Goethe,1 as well as "close readings" of works by individual writers, such as Goethe, Schiller, and Humboldt,2 single out aesthetic autonomy as the "Kernstück der Weimarer Klassik" (core of Weimar classicism).3 Wilhelm Voßkamp claims that "kein anderes Konzept wird heute als so epochenspezifisch für die ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-05-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Refugee Reception in Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea
    • Abstract: Goethe published Hermann und Dorothea in 1797. Described by Wilhelm von Humboldt as a work that was "zugleich so rein und idealisch," (simultaneously so pure and ideal)1 the poem was popular and well-received by contemporary readers, eliciting wide-ranging support from critics who praised Goethe's portrayal of a distinctive German bourgeoisie and its staid response to the historical turmoil of the French Revolution. Modern literary scholarship has largely continued to focus on the interaction between the two main characters of Hermann and Dorothea, elaborating on the symbolism and repercussions of their relationship, while differentiating between the seemingly contrastive concepts of Bürgertum and Weltbürgertum ... Read More
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