Claude Haas, Johannes Steizinger, Daniel Weidner (ed./eds.)

Goethe um 1900
[Goethe around 1900]

LiteraturForschung vol. 32
Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2017, 291 pages
ISBN 978-3-86599-349-6

Towards the end of the 19th century, Goethe was increasingly regarded as the most important author in German literature. He became a privileged subject of cultural identification, was given a paradigmatic role in the newly forming humanities, and was also viewed as a founder or even as an authoritative guarantor of entire academic fields. Morphological methodologies and theories of morphology can be linked to the author; the foundational concepts of ‘life,’ ‘form,’ and the ‘organic’ can be traced back to him; Goethe’s ‘gestalt’ as a melding of life and work has become one of the central topoi in the history of the humanities. This volume examines the discourse-political and epistemological importance of Goethe in the work of prominent authors such as Dilthey, Simmel, Spengler, Gundolf, Kommerell, Lukács, and Thomas Mann.


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08 Jul 2019
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Review by Philipp Restetzki, in: Goethe-Jahrbuch 2018, Wallstein Verlag: Göttingen 2019, pp. 290-292