Doctor's Orders: Goethe and Enlightenment Thought

Synopsis

Doctor's Orders shows how the foundational novel of the German tradition, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, documents the rise of medicine as an institution structuring the self and society. It sheds light on the Bildungsroman that this novel established, provides a groundbreaking overview of the role of medicine in eighteenth-century Germany, and addresses larger questions concerning the relationship between medicine and literature.