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Vol. 19, 2012

Goethe's Modernisms
Astrida OrleTantillo, Goethe's Modernisms. New York: Continuum, 2010. 198 pp.Imagine for a moment that you are not a Goethe scholar, and consider these questions: Why read Goethe, or his contemporaries, for that matter? Is it worth the time and effort...
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West-East Divan: The Poems with "Notes and Essays": Goethe's Intercultural Dialogues
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, West-East Divan: The Poems with "Notes and Essays": Goethe's Intercultural Dialogues. Martin Bidney, trans. "Notes and Essays" translation assisted by Peter Anton von Arnim. Binghamton, NY: Global Academic Publishing, 2010. 474...
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Die Genese Det Idealen Gesellschaft: Studies, Zum Literatiachen Werk Von Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698-1783)
Jesko Reiling, Die Genese der idealen Gesellschaft: Stuthen zum literarischen Werk von Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698-1783). Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.322 pp.Johann Jakob Bodmer and his literary partner Johann Jakob Breitinger- yoked with their...
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Herder Jahrbuch VIII/2006. Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren
Wulf Koepke and Karl Menges, eds., Herder Jahrbuch VIII/2006. Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2006. 206 pp.This is a fine collection of articles by scholars from three countries. All of the contributions, whether in German or English,...
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Reason's Children; Childhood in Early Modern Philosophy
Anthony Krupp, Reason's Children: Childhood in Early Modern Philosophy. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2009- 261 pp.Ever since Philippe Aries's seminal study of I960 shed light on the historicity of childhood, significant further research has been conducted...
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Murderesses in German Writing, 1720-1860: Heroines of Horror
Susanne Kord, Murderesses in German Writing, 1720-1860: Heroines of Horror. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 266 pp.Kord's study of female criminality and cultural history is a thrill to read, not only for its wonderful insights, well-documented discussion,...
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Offenbarung Und Gewalt: Literarische Aspekte Kultureller Krisen Um 1800
Bernd Hamacher, Offenbarung und Gewalt: Literarische Aspekte kultureller Krisen um 1800. Munich: Wühelm Fink, 2010. 437 pp.Since the invocation of the muse in the opening verse of Western literature's founding song, the authority of the divine has underwritten...
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Of Poetry and Song: Approaches to the Nineteenth-Century Lied
Jürgen Thym, ed. Of Poetry and Song*. Approaches to the Nineteenth-Century Lied. Rochester, NY: U of Rochester P, 2010. 450 pp.This collection of sixteen essays by Ann C. Fehn, Rufus Hallmark, Harry E. Seelig, and Jürgen Thym covers a span of forty years,...
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Thinking and Unconscious Nineteenth-Century German Thought
Angus Nicholls and Martin Liebscher (eds.), Thinking and Unconscious Nineteenth-Century German Thought Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ix + 327 pp.Concepts of the unconscious are central to most contemporary developments in dynamic psychology,...
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"Reading Nation": German Book History in the Long Nineteenth Century
Lynne Tatlock, ed., Publishing Culture and the "Reading Nation": German Book History in the Long Nineteenth Century. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010. 345 pp.In her brisk, synoptic introduction to this collection, Lynne Tatlock surveys the enormous...
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The Indo-German Identification: Reconciling South Asian Origins and European Destinies, 1765-1885
Robert Cowan, The Indo-German Identification: Reconciling South Asian Origins and European Destinies, 1765-1885. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010. 225 pp.Robert Cowan's book is a welcome addition to the growing secondary literature on the influence...
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Vol. 18, 2011

Goethe & Schiller: Geschichte Einer Freundschaft
Rüdiger Safranski, Goethe & Schiller: Geschichte einer Freundschaft. Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2009. 344 pp.The relationship Goethe forged with Schiller from 1794 is not so anomalous in light of the many intense bonds he formed with like-minded...
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Von Iphigenie Zu Medea. Semantik Und Dramaturgie Des Barbarischen Bei Goethe Und Grillparzer
Markus Winkler, Von Iphigenie zu Medea. Semantik und Dramaturgie des Barbarischen bei Goethe und Grülparzer.Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009. vi + 278 pp.Markus Winkler is professor of German at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, but some of us may remember...
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Heidelberg: Winter Universitätsverlag, 2007
Stefan Blechschmidt and Andrea Heinz, eds. Dilettantismus um 1800. Heidelberg: Winter Universitätsverlag, 2007. 398 pp.This compilation of essays is part of the significant and collectively very interesting work on cultural life around 1 800 sponsored...
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Anxious Anatomy: The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse
Stefani Engelstein, Anxious Anatomy: The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. 326 pp.As its title suggests, this book works at the intersections of science and literature....
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Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age
Andrew Piper, Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 303 pp.We have spent over two hundred years living in and through books, and the ways in which we have done...
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Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism
Cordilla Grewe, Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT:Ashgate, 2009. 418 pp., 104 illustrations.During the past decade- in essays like her interpretation of Wilhelm Schadow's oil painting Mignon as an allegory...
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Winterströme: Goethes Erste Harzreise/Im Labyrinth der Täler: Goethes Zweite Harzreisel/Die Würde der Steine: Goethes Dritte Harzreise
Bernd Wolff, Winterströme: Goethes erste Harzreise. Dornach: Pforte, 1986. 294 pp.; Im Labyrinth der Täler: Goethes zweite Harzreise. Dornach: Pforte, 2004. 363 pp.; Die Würde der Steine: Goethes dritte Harzreise. Dornach: Pforte, 2008. 407 pp.Bernd...
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Goethes Politisches Denken Und Handeln Im Spiegel Seiner Amtlichen Schriften: Eine Politikwissenschaftliche Analyse
Wolfgang Poliert, Goethes politisches Denken und Handeln im Spiegel seiner Amtlichen Schriften: Eme pofitikwissenschaftliche Analyse. Munich Akademischer Verlag München, 2004. 349 pp.Goethe's Amtliche Schriften document in great detail the many responsibilities...
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Theatermoral: Moralische Argumentation Und Dramatische Kommunikation in der Tragödie der Aufklärung
Wolfgang Ranke, Theater moral: Moralische Argumentation und dramatische Kommunikation in der Tragödie der Aufklärung. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009. 529 pp.Wolfgang Ranke has produced a formidable study on Enlightenment theater that focuses...
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Der "Ideale Kunstkörper": Johann Wolfgang Goethe Als Sammler Von Druckgraphiken Und Zeichnungen
Johannes Grave, Der "ideale Kunstkörper": Johann Wolfgang Goethe als Sammler von Druckgraphiken und Zeichnungen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006. 648 pp.This investigation by Johannes Grave of Goethe as a collector of graphic art and drawings...
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Schiller the Dramatist: A Study of Gesture in the Plays
John Guthrie, Schiller the Dramatist: A Study of Gesture in the Plays. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009. 213 pp.Well-argued, researched, and concisely stated, this valuable text demonstrates that a study of gesture and perspective in Schiller's dramas...
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The Cambridge Companion to German Romanticism
Nicholas Saul, ed., The Cambridge Companion to German Romanticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xx + 335 pp., 2 illustrations.German romanticism, with its penchant for crossing boundaries and its evershifting groupings of artists and...
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Review Essay: What's New in the New Economic Criticism
Fritz Breithaupt, Der Ich-Effekt des Geldes: Zur Geschichte einer Legitimationsfigur. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2008. 318 pp.RichardT Gray, Money Matters: Economics and the German Cultural Imagination 1770-1850. Seattle & London:...
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After Jena: Goethe's Elective Affinities and the End of the Old Regime
Peter J. Schwartz, After Jena: Goethe's Elective Affinities and the End of the Old Regime. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2010. 358 pp.A title like After Jena may seem puzzling at first: which "Jena" and what "after" is the author interested in...
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Bekenntnisse Einer Giftmischerin, Von Ihr Selbst Geschrieben
Raleigh Whitinger and Diana Spokiene, eds., Bekenntnisse einer Giftmischerin, von ihr selbst geschrieben. New York: MLA 2009. 220 pp.Raleigh Whitinger and Diana Spokiene, trans., Confessions of a Poisoner Written by Herself. New York: MLA 2009. 196 pp.If...
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Reproducing Enlightenment: Paradoxes in the Life of the Body Politic, Literature and Philosophy around 1800
Diana K. Reese, Reproducing Enlightenment: Paradoxes in the Life of the Body Politic, Literature and Philosophy around 1800. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. vü + 183 pp.1800 broadly marks a significant transition with regard to the concept of the human,...
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Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline De la Motte Fouqué
Karin Baumgartner, Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué. New York: Peter Lang, 2009. 276 pp.In her insightful book Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué, Karin Baumgartner...
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E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Serapiontic Principle: Critique and Creativity
Brown, Hilda Meldrum, E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Serapiontic Principle: Critique and Creativity. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2006. 206 pp. + index.Despite the copious attention E. T A. Hoffmann...
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Ludwig Börne: A Memorial/Heinrich Heine: Alternative Perspectives 1985-2005
Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Börne: A Memorial. Translated with a commentary and an introduction by Jeffrey L. Sammons. Rochester: Camden House, 2006. xl + 137 pp.Jeffrey L. Sammons, Heinrich Heine: Alternative Perspectives 1985-2005 .Würzburg: Königshausen...
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Die Geburt Des Modernen Mysteriendramas Aus Dem Geiste Weimars: Zur Aktualität Goethes Und Schillers in der Dramaturgie Rudolf Steiners
Christian Clement, Die Geburt des modernen Mysteriendramas aus dem Geiste Weimars: Zur Aktualität Goethes und Schillers in der Dramaturgie Rudolf Steiners. Berlin: Logos Verlag, 2007. 270 pp.The brainchild of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), anthroposophy...
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Vol. 17, 2010

Kleist's Female Leading Characters and the Subversion of Idealist Discourse
Grant Profani McAllister, Jr., Heist's Female Leading Characters and the Subversion of Idealist Discourse. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature, vol. 75. 210 pp.The deconstructive force of Kleist's writing - whether...
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Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism
Ehrhard Bahr, Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007. 358 pp.Newly arrived from Europe in 1939,Thomas Mann finished his novel Lotte in Weimar...
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Vol. 16, 2009

"Pfeile Mit Widerhaken": On the Aphorisms in Goethe's Wahlverwandtschaften and Wanderjahre
IN A LETTER TO WILHELM in which she describes how she found the key to the mysterious "Kästchen," Hersilie includes a sketch of the object along "with a remarkable commentary:Hier aber, mein Freund, nun schließlich zu dieser Abbildung des Rätsels was...
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Epic World Citizenship in Goethe's Hermann Und Dorothea
The title of Goethe's epic Hermann und Dorothea indicates that the story concerns two main characters or protagonists. The bulk of scholarship on Hermann und Dorothea has been concerned "with determining the meanings of these two characters, what each...
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Goethe and Twentieth-Century Theory: An Introduction
THE PURPOSE OF THIS SPECIAL SECTION-originally conceived as a series of panels sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America and held at the 2007 German Studies Association Meeting in San Diego-is necessarily more modest and less sweeping that its...
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The Pace of the Attack: Military Experience in Schiller's Wallenstein and Die Jungfrau Von Orleans
CONTEMPORARY SCHOLARS AGREE THAT THE WARFARE that ravaged Europe between 1792 and 1815 was as formative for the culture of the period as the French and Industrial Revolutions. The Napoleonic Age has been described as the moment at which sustained international...
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Sorge in Heidegger and in Goethe's Faust
HEIDEGGER WROTE TO JASPERS ON AUGUST 12, 1949: "I admittedly still lack an adequate relationship to Goethe. That's a real shortcoming but only one of many." 1 Whatever he may have meant by "an adequate relationship," even as a Gymnasium student Heidegger...
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No Escape? Goethe's Strategies of Self-Projection and Their Role in German Literary Historiography
ACCORDING TO HAROLD BLOOM, "every Goethe text, however divergent from the others, bears the mark of his unique and overwhelming personality, which cannot be evaded or deconstructed." 1 While Bloom is concerned "with the force of Goethe's personality...
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Goethes Weltansichten: Auch eine Biographie
Wolf von Engelhardt, Goethes Weltansichten: Auch eine Biographie. Weimar: Verlag Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 2007. 378 pp.In the foreword to Dichtung undWahrheit, Goethe outlined the task of biography: "den Menschen in semen Zeitverhältnissen darzustellen,...
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Goethe Und Die Bibel
Johannes Anderegg and Edith Anna Kunz, eds. Goethe und die Bibel. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2005. 344 pp.The editors preface this volume of fifteen essays by Swiss, German, and North American scholars with the claim that, while the topic...
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"Zeit der Umwendung": Lektüren der Revolution in Goethes Roman Die Wahlverwandtschaften
Nils Reschke, "Zeit der Umwendung": Lektüren der Revolution in Goethes Roman Die Wahlverwandtschaften. Freiburg i. Bresgau: Rombach Verlag, 2007.342 pp.Die Wahlverwandtschaften, as Nils Reschke points out in the introduction to this remarkable study...
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"Wir Waren Sehr Heiter": Reisetagebuch 1819
August von Goethe, "Wir waren sehr heiter": Reisetagebuch 1819, ed. Gabriele Radecke. Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, 2007. 334 pp. + 22 ill."Weimar d. 4. May 19. Früh 6 Uhr fuhren Ottilie und ich, nach einem etwas wehmütigen Abschied, von Weimar ab" (33). So...
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Der Frühe Und der Spate Herder: Kontinuität Und/oder Korrektur. Early and Late Herder: Continuity And/or Correction
Sabine Groß and Gerhard Sauder, eds., Der frühe und der spate Herder: Kontinuität und/oder Korrektur. Early and Late Herder: Continuity and/or Correction. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2007. Beiträge zur Konferenz des Internationalen Herder-Gesellschaft Saarbrücken...
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Goethe Und der Tanz. Tänze-Bälle-Redouten-Ballette Im Leben Und Werk
Salinen Walter, Goethe und der Tanz. Tänze-Bälle-Redouten-Ballette im Leben und Werk. (Terpsichore: Tanzhistorische Stuthen 5). Hildesheim [u.a.]: Olms,2006. 138pp.Wie oft wird in Faust getanzt? Welche Tänze führen Lotte und Werther aus? Aus welchem...
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Adele Schopenhauer, Florenz: Ein Reiseführer Mit Anekdoten Und Erzählungen (1847/48)
Waltraud Maierhofer, ed., Adele Schopenhauer, Florenz: Ein Reiseführer mit Anekdoten und Erzählungen (1847/48). Weimar: VDG, 2007. 26l pp.Although Waltraud Maierhofer chose to transcribe an unfinished and incomplete manuscript in Adele Schopenhauer's...
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Goethe's Concept of the Daemonic: After the Ancients
Angus Nicholls, Goethe's Concept of the Daemonic: After the Ancients. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2006. 313 pp.Angus Nicholls provides a fresh interpretation of the history, nature, and evolution of the daemonic (daimonion or daimon) as it was first...
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"Je Comprends Les Werther." Goethes Briefroman Im Werk Flauberts
Dagmar Giersberg, "Je comprends les Werther." Goethes Briefroman im Werk Flauberts. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2003. 275pp.This is an exhaustively researched, intriguing, and competent consideration of how Goethe's Werther influenced the majority...
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Geld Und Magie: Eine öKonomische Deutung Von Goethes Faust
Hans Christoph Binswanger, Geld und Magie: Eine ökonomische Deutung von Goethes Faust. Hamburg: Murmann Verlag, 2005. 166 pp.The first thing that must be said about this book is that, despite the claim that it is a "vollständig überarbeitete Ausgabe,"...
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A Companion to the Works of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Barbara Fischer and Thomas C. Fox, eds., A Companion to the Works of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. xviii +410 pp.Even if Lessing probably would have preferred a "critical guide" rather than a "companion," he would not have...
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Knigge: Die Biographie
Ingo Hermann, Knigge: Die Biographie. Berlin: Propyläen, 2007. 370 pp.The contemporaries Adolph Freiherrr Knigge (b. 1752) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (b. 1749) provide an interesting contrast. Goethe, for instance, made a career at court that the...
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Schiller's "On Grace and Dignity" in Its Cultural Context: Essays and a New Translation
Jane V Curran and Christophe Fricker, eds., Schiller's "On Grace and Dignity" in Its Cultural Context: Essays and a New Translation. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 231pp.With the publication of Schiller's "On Grace and Dignity" in Its Cultural Context:...
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Verkleidungen der Aufklärung: Narrenspiele Und Weltanschauung in der Goethezeit
Galil Shahar, Verkleidungen der Aufklärung: Narrenspiele und Weltanschauung in der Goethezeit. Trans, from the Hebrew by Stefan Siebers. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2006. 229pp.Galil Shahar 's well-researched study Verkleidungen der Aufklärung: Narrenspiele...
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The Erotics of War in German Romanticism
Patricia Anne Simpson, The Erotics of War in. German Romanticism. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2006. 293 pp.In The Erotics of War in German Romanticism, Patricia Anne Simpson convincingly locates a strand of "romantic "literature and thought in dialogue both...
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Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images
Brad Prager, Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2007. viii + 287pp.Kant marks a boundary line, an "abyss," in the words of Philip Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, with regard to the construction of...
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Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy 1790-1840
Thomas Pfau, Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy 1790-1840. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Up 2005. 572 pp.To praise Thomas Pfau's book as an impressive scholarly work is not a stretch considering it shares Pfau's shrewd reading skills of German...
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Dances of the Self in Heinrich Von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine
Lucia Ruprecht, Dances of the Self in Heinrich von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine. Aldershot, England, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2006. xvi+ 158 pp.In regard to the art of the dance, the default position, so to speak, for this study...
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Vol. 15, 2008

Goethe's Reception of Ulrich Von Hutten
TOWARD THE END OF THE SEVENTEENTH BOOK of Dichtung und Wtthrheit, Goethe recalls his discovery of the works of the humanist Ulrich von Hutten (1488-1523):"DieWerke Ulrichs von Hutten kamen mir in die Hände und es schien wundersam genug daß in unsern...
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The School of Shipwrecks: Improvisation in Wilhelm Meisters Theatralische Sendung and the Lehrjahre
GOETHE'S TWENTY-SIX YEAR TENURE as director of the Weimar Theater gives little indication of an interest in improvisational acting. In 1803 he composed a comprehensive list of rules for the aspiring actor which includes guidelines for pronunciation,...
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The Sublime, "ÜBer Den Granit," and the Prehistory of Goethe's Science
HIS SCIENTIFIC PURSUITS AND WRITINGS have merited Goethe a place in histories of science in the eighteenth century1 and there is a great body of scholarship that documents his work in various scientific fields.2 Recent studies, part of a wider reevaluation...
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The Building in Bildung: Goethe, Palladio, and the Architectural Media
WELL BEFORE PHOTOGRAPHY and electronic networks encircled the planet, there existed a European migratory channel within which architectural images were carried across the Alps by tourists and pilgrims.1 Moving along well-established pathways, architectural...
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Typologies of Repetition, Reflection, and Recurrence: Interpreting the Novella in Goethe's Wahlverwandtschaften
Und doch bei aller Unvollständigkeit des Literarwesens flnden wir tausendfältige Wiederholung, woraus hervorgeht, wie beschränkt des Menschen Geist und Schicksal sei.Johann Wolfgang von GoetheMaximen und ReflexionenIN THE TENTH CHAPTER OF THE SECOND...
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Schiller's Die Räuber: Revenge, Sacrifice, and the Terrible Price of Absolute Freedom
THERE HAVE BEEN many excellent interpretations of Schiller's Die Räuber, beginning with Benno von Wiese's chapter in his Schiller1 up to the 1998 essay by Hans-Richard Brittnacher.2 Jaimey Fisher in an article published in the Goethe Yearbook in 2003...
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The New Man: Theories of Masculinity around 1800
RECENT HISTORICAL RESEARCH HAS PLACED considerable emphasis on the redefinition of masculinity around 1800. Scholars have rightly pointed to the French Revolution as a major event in the transformation of masculinity, an event that left its mark not...
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Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination from the Great German Poet
John Armstrong, Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination from the Great German Poet. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. xv + 483 pp.John Armstrong has had the idea for a book that I suspect many of us would like to write. His model is no...
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The Spell of Italy: Vacation, Magic, and the Attraction of Goethe
Richard Block, The Spell of Italy: Vacation, Magic, and the Attraction of Goethe. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2006. 310 pp.Patrick Leigh Fermor felt it. Staying in Vienna on his way by foot from the Netherlands to Istanbul, the British traveler almost detoured...
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Goethes Weimar Und Die Französische Revolution: Dokumente der Krisenjahre
W. Daniel Wilson, ed., Goethes Weimar und die Französische Revolution: Dokumente der Krisenjahre. Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2004. 746 pp.With this volume, W. Daniel Wilson provides an extensive collection of documents from Weimar and Jena in the years...
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Goethes Verhältnis Zur Romantik
Hartmut Fröschle, Goethes Verhältnis zur Romantik. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2002. 564 pp.This book is a major scholarly effort. It contains clear expositions, a logically organized table of contents, an excellent index and a bibliography arranged...
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"Lebensmärchen": Goethes Dichtung Und Wahrheit Als Poetischer Und Poetologischer Text
Gabriele Blod, "Lebensmärchen": Goethes Dichtung und Wahrheit als poetischer und poetologischer Text. Würzburg: Königshausen and Neumann, 2003. 335 pp.Borrowing her title from Goethe's 1811 reference to the first books of his autobiography as "Lebensmärchen,"...
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Speculating on the Moment: The Poetics of Time and Recurrence in Goethe, Leopardi, and Nietzsche
Nicholas Rennie, Speculating on the Moment: The Poetics of Time and Recurrence in Goethe, Leopardi, and Nietzsche. Göttingen:Wallstein Verlag, 2005.359 pp.We may be reluctant to admit it, but every interpretation is to some extent a wager. Most of us...
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Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy and the Body in the German Enlightenment
Simon Richter, Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy and the Body in the German Enlightenment. Seattle: U of Washington P, 2006. 353 pp.Simon Richter's outstanding study Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy, and the Body in the German Enlightenment combines...
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The Idea of World Literature: History and Pedagogical Practice
John Pizer, The Idea of World Literature: History and Pedagogical Practice. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2006. 190 pp.Goethe did not coin the term Weltliteratur, as John Pizer notes in his introduction. This distinction appears to belong to Christoph...
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Culture and Identity: Historicity in German Literature and Thought 1770-1815
Maike Oergel, Culture and Identity: Historicity in German Literature and Thought 1770-1815. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2006. viii + 297 pp.The concept of historicity (Geschichtlichkeif) has played a central role in German philosophy and historiography...
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The Decline and Fall of Virgil in Eighteenth-Century Germany: The Repressed Muse
Geoffrey Atherton, The Decline and Fall of Virgil in Eighteenth-Century Germany: The Repressed Muse. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2006. xx + 312 pp.The reception of the Roman poet Virgil underwent profound changes in the eighteenth-century, especially...
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Lexikon Deutschsprachiger Epik Und Dramatik Von Autorinnen (1730-1900)
Gudrun Loster-Schneider and Gaby Pailer, eds., Lexikon deutschsprachiger Epik und Dramatik von Autorinnen (1730-1900). Tiibingen and Basel: A. Francke, 2006.xii + 492 pp.,with CD-ROM.How I would have welcomed a reference work such as this had it been...
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The Pleasures of Abandonment: Jean Paul and the Life of Humor
Paul Fleming, The Pleasures of Abandonment: Jean Paul and the Life of Humor. Wiirzburg: Konigshausen and Neumann, 2006.170 pp.In this succinct, elegant study, Paul Fleming simultaneously places Jean Paul in the context of his time, argues persuasively...
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Crafting Flesh, Crafting the Self: Violence and Identity in Early Nineteenth-Century German Literature
John B. Lyon, Crafting Flesh, Crafting the Self: Violence and Identity in Early Nineteenth-Century German Literature. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2006. 280 pp.John Lyon presents an engaging and original analysis of works that deal with wounded human...
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A Companion to the Works of Heinrich Heine
Roger E Cook, ed., A Companion to the Works of Heinrich Heine. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002. xiv + 373 pp.This engrossing, wide-ranging collection of essays by distinguished scholars might best be appreciated by reading the last contribution first....
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Vol. 14, 2007

Love and Death in Goethe: "One and Double"
Ellis Dye, Love and Death in Goethe: "One and Double." Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. xiv +333 pp.This is an idiosyncratic book by a penetrating reader. Even though much of the material has appeared earlier in periodical publications, it is so extensively...
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The Ironic "Tick" in Goethe's Egmont: The Potentials and Limits of the Modern Heroic and Poetic Ideal
THIS STUDY FOCUSES ON HOW Goethe's Egmont makes a major theme of artistic activity in a way that imparts to that 1787 drama a dimension of irony that marks its seminal significance both for Goethe's own ensuing renewed interest in modern stories and...
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Goethe Im Gespräch Mit der Erde: Landschaft, Gesteine, Mineralien Und Erdgeschichte in Seinem Leben Und Werk
Wolf von Engelhardt, Goethe im Gesprach mit der Erde: Landschaft, Gesteine, Mlnerallen und Erdgeschichte in seincm Leben und Werk. Weimar: Verlag Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolgcr, 2003. 375 pp.In 1824, Friedrich von Müller recorded Goethe's comment regarding...
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Goethe's Werther and the Critics
Bruce Duncan, Goethe's Werther and the Critics. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 208 pp.Bruce Duncan's Goethe's Werther and the Critics forms part of Camden House's excellent Literary Criticism in Perspective series, which examines an eclectic set...
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Goethe Und der Pietismus
Hans-Georg Kemper and Hans Schneider, eds., Goethe und der Pietismus. Tübingen: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen Halle im Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2001.viii + 278pp.This carefully edited volume grew out of a symposium held 25-27 March 1999, on the occasion...
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Das Weltbild Des Jungen Goethe, Band I: Elemente Und Fundamente
Rolf Christian Zimmermann, Das Weltbild des jungen Goethe, Band I: Elemente nnd Fundamente. Second edition. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2002.463 pp.This review came into being because of the publisher's claim that this new edition is "uberarbeitet" and "nicht...
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Zeitstrukturen in Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften
Judith Reusch, Zeitstrukturen in Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004.184 pp.Goethe's Die Wahlverwandtschaften may be one of his most illusive and complex works. Written in the middle of his career, it partakes of...
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Goethe in English: A Bibliography of the Translations in the Twentieth Century
Derek Glass, Goethe in English: A Bibliography of the Translations in the Twentieth Century. Leeds: Maney Publishing for the English Goethe Society and the Modern Humanities Research Association, 2005. 245 pp.Derek Glass, who had accepted a commission...
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Fausts Kolonie: Goethes Kritische Phänomenologie der Moderne
Michael Jaeger, Fausts Kolonie: Goethes kritische Phänomenologie der Moderne. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2004.668 pp.Michael Jaeger's Habilitationsschrift begins with that moment in late summer of 1830 when Goethe understands the July revolution...
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Goethes Mutter: Eine Biographie
Dagmar von Gersdorff, Goethes Mutter Eine Biographie. Frankfurt/Main: Insel, 2001.463pp.What did a woman's life look like in the eighteenth century? And when that woman was Goethe's mother? Where would you look to find out? Women's writing: literature,...
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Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles
Inez Hedges, Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2005.241 pp.The scope of Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles is very ambitious, as Inez Hedges concedes at the outset. Rather than attempting...
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Goethe and Wittgenstein: Seeing the World's Unity in Its Variety
Fritz Breithaupt, Richard Raatzsch, and Bettina Kremberg, eds., Goethe and Wittgenstein: seeing the World's Unity in its Variety. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 2003.172 pp.Goethe's influence on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is subtle and indirect....
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism
Paul Bishop and R. H. Stephenson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005.281 pp.Nietzsche's references to Goethe and Schiller include expressions of emphatic veneration, rote gestures of obeisance to two dominant...
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A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller
Steven D. Martinson, ed., A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005.333 pp.This collection of essays by twelve distinguished scholars, all published for the first time and five of them translated into English by...
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Friedrich Schiller: Crime, Aesthetics, and the Poetics of Punishment
Gail K. Hart, Friedrich Schiller Crime, Aesthetics, and the Poetics of Punishment. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005.183 pp.On 9 May 1805 Schiller died in Weimar, and two hundred years later, in 2005, an avalanche of new books on the author appeared in Germany...
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Ausgewählte Werke
Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, Ausgewählte Werke. Ed.Walter Hettche. Schriften des Gleimhauses Halberstadt, 1.Göttingen:WallsteinVerlag, 2003.768 pp.In the absence of a critical edition of Gleim's works, which is unlikely to appear any time soon, if ever,...
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Die Zauberflöte: Oper Und Mysterium
Jan Assmann, Die Zauberflöte: Oper und Mysterium. Munich: Hanser, 2005. 384 pp., with 38 illustrations and numerous musicological examples.First-time viewers of Mozart's Zauberflöte most likely experience the same consternation as Prince Tamino when...
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Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe
Susan Bernofsky, Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2005.239 pp.Bernofsky's study, part of Wayne State's Kritik series, is not a broad-based study of translator-authors in the Goethezeit as the title suggests,...
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Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel and the Art-Romance Tradition
Jonah Siegel, Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel and the Art-Romance Tradition. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005.285 pp.Jonah Siegel describes his Haunted Museum asa book about literary form and the desire for the South. It is also an essay on the vexed relations...
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Nolten the Painter. A Novella in Two Parts
Eduard Mörike, Nolten the Painter. A Novella in Two Parts. Trans. and with a Critical Introduction by Raleigh Whitinger. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. xxii + 312 pp.When I was a callow graduate student, one of my prestigious elders suggested that...
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Music and Literature in German Romanticism
Siobhan Donovan and Robin Elliott, cds., Music and literature in German Romanticism. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. xxix + 233 pp.The ways and means of conducting scholarship in the humanities are quite anachronistic. They defy the trend toward acceleration...
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