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

Toward the end of the 19th century, Goethe was increasingly regarded as the most important German author. He became a privileged touchstone of cultural identification, claimed a paradigmatic role in the newly forming humanities, and was also viewed as a founder, or even an authoritative guarantor of entire academic fields. Morphological methodologies, and theories of morphology, came to be connected with 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, came to be one of the central topoi in the history of the humanities. This volume examines the political, discursive, and epistemological importance of Goethe in the work of those who followed him, including prominent authors like Dilthey, Simmel, Spengler, Gundolf, Kommerell, Lukács and Thomas Mann.


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