Goethe Yearbook

Articles from Vol. 25, 2018

Archiv/Fiktionen: Verfahren Des Archivierens in Literatur Und Kultur Des Langen 19. Jahrhunderts
Daniela Gretz and Nicolas Pethes, ed. Archiv/Fiktionen: Verfahren des Archivierens in Literatur und Kultur des langen 19- Jahrhunderts. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2016. 431 pp.Daniela Gretz and Nicolas Pethes have edited an exciting volume with a focus...
Armed Ambiguity: Women Warriors in German Literature and Culture in the Age of Goethe
Julie Koser. Armed Ambiguity: Women Warriors in German Literature and Culture in the Age of Goethe. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016. x + 250 pp.In this elegantly written and well-researched book, Julie Koser explores the representation...
Becoming the Listener: Goethe's "Der Fischer"
Und wie er sitzt und wie er lauscht,teilt sich die Flut empor;aus dem bewegten Wasser rauschtein feuchtes Weib hervor.[And as he sits and listens well,The billow breaks and parts,And from the waters' churning swellA dripping woman darts.]-Goethe, "Der...
Behind Herder's Tympanum: Sound and Physiological Aesthetics 1800/1900
In early 1769, at the age of twenty-five, Johann Gottfried Herder composed the last of his so-called 'kritische Wälder' (critical forests), a series of essays responding to the aesthetic theories of contemporaries such as Christian Adolf Klotz, Friedrich...
Die Austreibung Des Populären: Schillers Bürger-Kritik
Der KontextIN SEINER LITERATURGESCHICHTE des Liebesverrats kommt Peter von Matt auch auf Gottlieb August Bürgers Ballade von Des Pfarrers Tochter von Taubenheim zu sprechen, die 1782 im Göttinger Musenalmanach erschienen ist. Die 38-strophige Ballade...
Die Entweltlichung der Bühne: Zur Mediologie Des Theaters der Klassischen Episteme
Franz-Josef Deiters. Die Entweltlichung der Bühne: Zur Mediologie des Theaters der klassischen Episteme. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2015. 264 pp.As Franz-Josef Deiters's title signals, his book offers a sophisticated reading of theater carefully located...
"Die Gewalt'ge Heldenbrust": Gender and Violence in Goethe's Iphigenie Auf Tauris
All masculine power is a power to produce. All that is produced, be it the production of woman as female, falls within the register of masculine power. The only, and irresistible, power of femininity is the inverse power of seduction.-Jean Baudrillard,...
Die Neuvermessung Von Lyrik Und Prosa in Goethes Novelle
In seinem Gespräch mit Johann Peter Eckermann vom 18. Januar 1827 erklärte Goethe im Hinblick auf die Novelle, dass er "mit der Prosa jetzt am besten gefahren" sei.1 Aus der Vorgeschichte der Novelle ist bekannt, dass er 1797 im Anschluss an Hermann...
Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain
Christine Lehleiter, ed., Fact and Fiction: Literary and Scientific Cultures in Germany and Britain. Toronto, Buffalo, and London: Toronto UP, 2016. xii + 336 pp. + 5 illustrations.In the Spring of 2011, a group of twelve scholars, whose interests cover...
Garden Empire or the Sublime Politics of the Chinese-Gothic Style
SOON AFTER THE Storming of the Bastille in Paris shocked all of Europe on July 14, 1789, the Bavarian prince-elector Karl Theodor expedited the project of an English Garden and hastily opened this people's park (Volkspark) with a prominent Chinese tower...
German Aesthetics: Fundamental Concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno
J. D. Mininger and Jason Michael Peck, eds. German Aesthetics: Fundamental Concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. xi + 269 pp.Aesthetics continues to haunt us beyond its many pronounced deaths and short-lived returns....
Goethe and the Uncontrollable Business of Appropriative Stage Sequels
IN THE FINAL DECADES of the eighteenth century, writers regularly borrowed fictional characters invented by other authors for use in their own texts. Most commonly, these works took the form of sequels-what German contemporaries dubbed "Fortsetzungen...
Goethe, Maimon, and Spinoza's Third Kind of Cognition
The relationship between Goethe and Salomon Maimon has only been touched on once in the literature,1 and further clarification of the link between them remains a desideratum. Below I propose that the way to grasp their seeing eye to eye is through Spinoza,...
Goethes Euphrat. Philologie Und Politik Im "West-öStlichen Divan
Marcel Lepper, Goethes Euphrat. Philologie und Politik im "West-östlichen Divan." Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2016. 149 pp.In this compact volume, Marcel Lepper presents an interpretation of Goethe's West-östlicher Divan, in particular the poem "Lied...
Goethe's Families of the Heart
Susan E. Gustafson. Goethe's Families of the Heart. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 208 pp.In this persuasive new study on family in Goethe's works, Susan Gustafson extends the focus of her award-winning scholarship on male same-sex desire to attend to the...
Goethe's Wilhelm Meister and the Refusal to Grow Up: The Dialectics of Bildung
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE'S formative influence on the Bildungsroman is well known. There is a broad critical consensus that Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1796) is not only the first, but the paradigmatic example of the genre. Yet in this essay I propose...
Literary Form and International World Order in Goethe: From Iphigenie to Pandora
THE AGE OF GOETHE was an age of tumult in the international world. Armed conflicts were frequent and increased in scope and intensity: Seven Years' War (1756-63), American Revolutionary Wars (1775-83), French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802), Napoleonic...
Lyric Orientations: Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community
Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge. Lyric Orientations: Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2015. 232 pp.The aim of Hannah Eldridge's monograph is to use Stanley Cavell's account of subjectivity and language in order to help...
Myth and the Human Sciences: Hans Blumenberg's Theory of Myth
Angus Nicholls. Myth and the Human Sciences: Hans Blumenberg's Theory of Myth. New York: Routledge, 2015. 259 pp.This book provides a deeply researched introduction to Hans Blumenberg's theory of myth, largely by highlighting the influence of well-known...
Of Barks and Bird Song: Listening in on the Forgotten in Ludwig Tieck's der Blonde Eckbert
In Grammophon. Film. Typewriter (1986), Friedrich Kittler cites in its entirety a fantastical tale by Maurice Renard, originally entitled "La mort et le coquillage" (Death and the Shell, 1907),1 in which an accomplished composer, Nerval, attempts one...
Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books
B. Venkat Mani, Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books. New York: Fordham UP, 2017. 348 pp."World literature"-a concept once reviled because of its canonical implications-has made an unexpected comeback, in...
Repetition and Textual Transmission: The Gothic Motif in Goethe's Faust and "Von Deutscher Baukunst"
Act 2 of Faust II opens in the same setting in which the reader first encounters the title figure in part one of the drama. As the title of the first scene in act 2 announces: "HOCHGEWÖLBTES / ENGES, GOTISCHES ZIMMER / ehemals Faustens, unverändert"...
Schillers Geschichtsdenken: Die Unbegreiflichkeit der Weltgeschichte
Alexander Jakovljevic. Schillers Geschichtsdenken: Die Unbegreiflichkeit der Weltgeschichte. Berlin: Ripperger & Kremers Verlag, 2015. 381 pp.Among the many contributions of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment (1790) was to question the dogmatic...
Schopenhauer Und Goethe: Biographische Und Philosophische Perspektiven
Daniel Schubbe und Søren R. Fauth, eds. Schopenhauer und Goethe: Biographische und philosophische Perspektiven. Hamburg: Meiner, 2016. 488 pp.Als ein "Gegengewicht im Zeitgeist" bezeichnete der junge Arthur Schopenhauer Goethes Rolle in einem Zeitalter,...
"So Steh' Ich Denn Hier Wehrlos Gegen Dich?"-Figures of Armament and Disarmament in German Drama before and after the French Revolution
Within the history of European philosophy and literature, the discourse of the human has been closely tied to discourses on forms of governance. The constitution of the city, the republic, the nation, the military apparatus has been linked to that of...
The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues
Jeffrey Champlin. The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2015. 176 pp.Jeffrey Champlin's intriguing new book, The Making of a Terrorist: On German Classic Rogues, represents a novel close reading of canonical...
The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public
Dorothea von Mücke. The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 292 pp.In this ambitious new monograph, Dorothea von Mücke argues that Enlightenment ideas about authorship and...
Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism
Chunjie Zhang. Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014. 252 pp.Zhang's monograph innovatively engages a topic that has long been subject of scholarly debate. Intervening...
Two Gifts from Goethe: Charlotte Von Stein's and Charlotte Schiller's Writing-Tables
IT IS WELL KNOWN that before and after his transformative journey to Italy (1786-88), Goethe enjoyed two intense, decade-long friendships: with Charlotte von Stein in the decade before Italy, and with Charlotte Schiller from 1794 until the latter's death...
Versammelte Menschenkraft-Die Großstadterfahrung in Goethes Italiendichtung
Malte Osterloh, Versammelte Menschenkraft-Die Großstadterfahrung in Goethes Italiendichtung. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2016. 366 pp.Frei nach Alexander Kluge könnte man mit dem Begriff "Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit" ein leidiges...
What Goethe Heard: Special Section on Hearing and Listening in the Long Eighteenth Century
The three essays in this special section ask a deceptively simple and seldom addressed question: What did Goethe (and his contemporaries) hear? While there are numerous monographs and essays on Goethe and visuality, sound and the acoustic dimension have...
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