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Goethe Yearbook 14

Goethe Yearbook 14

Edited by Simon Richter
Martha B. Helfer Book Review Editor
Series: Goethe Yearbook
Volume: 14
Copyright Date: 2007
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 288
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    Goethe Yearbook 14
    Book Description:

    The Goethe Yearbook, first published in 1982, is a publication of the Goethe Society of North America and is dedicated to North American Goethe Scholarship. It aims above all to encourage and publish original English-language contributions to the understa

    eISBN: 978-1-57113-739-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Special section on childhood

    • Natural Palingenesis: Childhood, Memory, and Self-Experience in Herder and Jean Paul
      (pp. 1-26)

      Eighteenth-century discussions of palingenesis present a challenge to intellectual history—an irreducibly “intricate” one, in the words of one scholar attempting to sketch their development from his own early twentieth-century vantage point.¹ The difficulty lies in the concept’s inherent variability within Enlightenment and early Romantic discourses. In natural-philosophical and scientific writings, palingenesis indicates a doctrine of rebirth understood as a renewal of bodily material. Yet in the debates about immortality that typically constitute the broader discursive context for palingenetic conceptions at this time, the term is often used synonymously with Christian and non-Christian notions of the rebirth of a non-corporeal...

    • The Promises of Childhood: Autobiography in Goethe and Jean Paul
      (pp. 27-38)

      The observation and inscription of one’s own childhood always comes too late. Unlike the study of child development or child behavior, the writing of one’s own past necessarily falls under the rubric of belatedness. Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy exemplifies one dilemma of this law of autobiographical belatedness: as Tristram fiercely strives to write to the present, each stroke of the pen dedicated to the past and each detail secured only further remove him from his goal. In writing his past, Tristram only falls further behind the present time. Goethe’s Aus meinem Leben. Dichtung und Wahrheit and Jean Paul’s Selberlebensbeschreibung avoided...

    • The Education of Humankind: Perfectibility and Discipline in Kant’s Lectures Über Pädagogik
      (pp. 39-60)

      Kant’s famous dictum¹ marks an epochal shift in the field of education. Kant expands the function of education far beyond the mere acquisition of practical and social skills into the realm of man-making, putting a tremendous stake on education—and indeed, the Enlightenment itself is at stake when it comes to education. Following Kant, education becomes the tool for humanity to fashion itself.Or more precisely, humanity only exists in as much as it is formed by education. Kant’s proclamation is based on an anthropological assertion that both enables and legitimizes the increased emphasis put on education. It presupposes two stages...

  4. Kästchenwahl
    (pp. 61-82)

    Am 30. Januar 1778 präsentierte der junge Frankfurter Rechtsanwalt und Dichter Johann Wolfgang Goethe der Frau seines Gastgebers, Herzog Karl August von Sachsen-Weimar, ein theatralisches Geburtstagsgeschenk: Er schrieb für sie ein Stück. Herzogin Luises Geburtstag fiel in die Karnevalszeit, und so lag es nahe, eine Komödie für sie zu verfassen und zu inszenieren, bei der Masken und Verwechslungen thematisch waren. Bereits im Vorjahr hatte Goethe der Herzogin ein Singspiel zum Geburtstag gewidmet und aufgeführt, LilaLila zeigte eine der Melancholie verfallene Baronin als Titelheldin, die an den Tod ihres abwesenden Gatten glauben wollte. Selbst dessen Rückkehr überzeugte sie nicht vom...

  5. Sentimental Confusion: Art, Nature, and Aesthetic Autonomy in Goethe’s Der Triumph der Empfindsamkeit
    (pp. 83-102)

    If in Die Leiden des jungen Werthers of 1774 Goethe produced the ultimate sentimental text, he also provided the ultimate anti-sentimental text in Der Triumph der Empfindsamkeit. Eine dramatische Grille.¹ Written between September and December of 1777, this play was first performed at the celebration of Duchess Luise’s birthday in Weimar on January 30, 1778, and first published in the collected works of 1787. Though no longer dismissed by critics as Gelegenheitsdichtung, the play tends to be interpreted biographically, as marking a stage in the development of Goethe’s psyche or artistic sensibility, rather than being appreciated for the fascinating literary...

  6. Seeing the Light: Goethe’s Märchen as Science—Newton’s Science as Fairy Tale
    (pp. 103-128)

    Light permeates goethe’s enigmatic 1795 Märchen, appearing in such manifold forms and reflections that it may come as a surprise that it refers rather straightforwardly to, well, light. Most interpretations of this tale begin with disclaimers about how its opulence renders it luminous with meaning and yet ultimately and intentionally opaque;¹ I begin instead with the assertion of clarity. The play of light in this text mirrors many aspects of Goethe’s critique of Newtonian optics.² While the lights of the fairy tale may also reflect scores of ideas including the shine of poetry or aesthetics,³ the Schein of Schiller’s Ästhetische...

  7. The Ironic “Tick” in Goethe’s Egmont: The Potentials and Limits of the Modern Heroic and Poetic Ideal
    (pp. 129-146)

    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 forms and for modern German literature’s further struggle with the dramatic portrayal of the historical hero. It will show how Egmont gives expression to a tension between history and poetry in a way that anticipates the “realistischer Tic” that Goethe later mentions in reference to his novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1796)—a tension that fosters an ironic...

  8. The Philosophical Concept of the Daemonic in Goethe’s “Mächtiges Überraschen”
    (pp. 147-170)

    Since its much celebrated appearances in Dichtung und Wahrheit and Eckermann’s Gespräche mit Goethe in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens, Goethe’s concept of das Dämonische has become one of the most overdetermined notions within the field of Goethe studies. Following on from Goethe’s own autobiographical ruminations on the daemonic as a mysterious force akin to fate in Eckermann’s Gespräche,¹ early twentieth-century critics like Friedrich Gundolf tended to interpret das Dämonische either along strictly biographical lines or according to the prevailing mood of Dilthey-influenced Lebensphilosophie, seeing it as a vitalist creative principle that presided over Goethe’s existence.² At the same time,...

  9. “Die pilgernde Törin”: Genesis, Revaluation, and Mirroring in Goethe’s Wanderjahre
    (pp. 171-206)

    The critical revaluation of the structure and content of Goethe’s Wanderjahre in the past three decades has allowed most scholars to agree that the novel presents, not one narrative point of view, but many, indeed an “archive” of perspectives embodied in manuscripts and fragments from a wide cast of characters, assembled into the novel’s present form by a fictional editor. Goethe is thereby credited with having anticipated the modern novel by his dispersal of the function of the author or narrator among a plethora of independently responsible narrators.¹ Because no particular narrator is privileged as authoritative, the “implied reader” is...

  10. Book Reviews

    • Ellis Dye, Love and Death in Goethe: “One and Double.” Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. xiv +333 pp.
      (pp. 207-209)
      Jane K. Brown
    • Rolf Christian Zimmermann, Das Weltbild des jungen Goethe, Band I: Elemente und Fundamente. Second edition. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2002. 463 pp.
      (pp. 209-215)
      Horst Lange
    • Adolf Muschg, Der Schein trügt nicht. Über Goethe. Frankfurt/Main: Insel, 2004. 201 pp.
      (pp. 215-217)
      Peter Höyng
    • Wolf von Engelhardt, Goethe im Gespräch mit der Erde: Landschaft, Gesteine, Mineralien und Erdgeschichte in seinem Leben und Werk. Weimar: Verlag Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 2003. 375 pp.
      (pp. 217-223)
      Elizabeth Powers
    • Hans-Georg Kemper and Hans Schneider, eds., Goethe und der Pietismus. Tübingen: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen Halle im Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2001. viii + 278 pp.
      (pp. 223-224)
      Arnd Bohm
    • Bruce Duncan, Goethe’s Werther and the Critics. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 208 pp.
      (pp. 224-225)
      Helen Finch
    • Judith Reusch, Zeitstrukturen in Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004. 184 pp.
      (pp. 226-228)
      Walter K. Stewart
    • Michael Jaeger, Fausts Kolonie: Goethes kritische Phänomenologie der Moderne. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2004. 668 pp.
      (pp. 228-230)
      Jens Kruse
    • Christina Salmen, “Die ganz merkwürdige Verlassenschaft.” Goethes Entsagungspoetik in Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahren. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2003. 194 pp.
      (pp. 230-231)
      Ehrhard Bahr
    • 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.
      (pp. 231-232)
      Arnd Bohm
    • Dagmar von Gersdorff, Goethes Mutter: Eine Biographie. Frankfurt/Main: Insel, 2001. 463 pp.
      (pp. 232-236)
      Eric Denton
    • Liisa Saariluoma, Erzählstruktur und Bildungsroman: Wielands Geschichte des Agathon, Goethes Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004. 348 pp.
      (pp. 236-237)
      Ehrhard Bahr
    • Inez Hedges, Framing Faust: Twentieth-Century Cultural Struggles. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2005. 241 pp.
      (pp. 237-239)
      William H. Carter
    • 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.
      (pp. 239-240)
      Thomas L. Cooksey
    • Gail K. Hart, Friedrich Schiller: Crime, Aesthetics, and the Poetics of Punishment. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005. 183 pp.
      (pp. 241-242)
      Paul Michael Lützeler
    • Steven D. Martinson, ed., A Companion to the Works of Friedrich Schiller. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 333 pp.
      (pp. 242-244)
      Robert Combs
    • Konrad Kratzsch, Klatschnest Weimar: Ernstes und Heiteres, Menschlich-Allzumenschliches aus dem Alltag der Klassiker. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2002. 135 pp.
      (pp. 244-246)
      Diether H. Haenicke
    • Paul Bishop and R. H. Stephenson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Weimar Classicism. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005. 281 pp.
      (pp. 246-248)
      Nicholas Rennie
    • Peter M. Daly, Hans Walter Frischkopf, Trudis E. Goldsmith-Reber, and Horst Richter, eds., Why Weimar? Questioning the Legacy of Weimar from Goethe to 1999. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. McGill European Studies, vol. 5. 341 pp.
      (pp. 248-249)
      Ehrhard Bahr
    • Wolf Gerhard Schmidt, “Homer des Nordens” und “Mutter der Romantik.” James Macphersons Ossian und seine Rezeption in der deutschsprachigen Literatur. Bd. 1 + 2. Bd. 1: James Macphersons Ossian, zeitgenössische Diskurse und die Frühphasen der deutschen Rezeption. Bd. 2: Die Haupt- und Spätphase der deutschen Rezeption—Bibliographie internationaler Quellentexte und Forschungsliteratur. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2003. Wolf Gerhard Schmidt, ed. “Homer des Nordens” und “Mutter der Romantik.” James Macphersons Ossian und seine Rezeption in der deutschsprachigen Literatur. Bd. 3: Kommentierte Neuausgabe deutscher Übersetzungen der Fragments of Ancient Poetry (1766), der Poems of Ossian (1782) sowie der Vorreden und Abhandlungen von Hugh Blair und James Macpherson. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2003. 501 pp. Howard Gaskill und Wolf Gerhard Schmidt, eds. “Homer des Nordens” und “Mutter der Romantik.” James Macphersons Ossian und seine Rezeption in der deutschsprachingen Literatur. Bd. 4: Kommentierte Neuausgabe wichtiger Texte zur deutschen Rezeption. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2004. 850 pp.
      (pp. 250-251)
      Ehrhard Bahr
    • Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, Ausgewählte Werke. Ed. Walter Hettche. Schriften des Gleimhauses Halberstadt, 1. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2003. 768 pp.
      (pp. 251-252)
      Meredith Lee
    • Jan Assmann, Die Zauberflöte: Oper und Mysterium. Munich: Hanser, 2005. 384 pp., with 38 illustrations and numerous musicological examples.
      (pp. 252-254)
      Dennis F. Mahoney
    • Susan Bernofsky, Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2005. 239 pp.
      (pp. 254-255)
      Kamaal Haque
    • Jonah Siegel, Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel and the Art-Romance Tradition. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005. 285 pp.
      (pp. 255-256)
      Scott Abbott
    • 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.
      (pp. 256-259)
      Jeffrey L. Sammons
    • Siobhan Donovan and Robin Elliott, eds., Music and Literature in German Romanticism. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. xxix + 233 pp.
      (pp. 259-262)
      Peter Höyng