Monthly Archives: August 2015

From the Executive Secretary

With the annual meeting of the German Studies Association fast approaching, know that we will once again be hosting a cash bar in conjunction with our annual business meeting. If you’re attending the GSA, please plan to join us at 6:30 pm on Saturday evening in the Arlington Ballroom Salon 2 Foyer. The business meeting will begin around 6:50 pm in Salon 2. We’ll be saying a fond thank you to the officers who are ending their terms this year, will announce our election results, honor the recipient of the 2014 Essay Prize, and report on exciting new ventures and ideas for the future.

Karin Schutjer
University of Oklahoma

News from Members

Former president, W. Daniel Wilson, recently published Goethes Erotica und die Weimarer „Zensoren.“

wilson goethes erotica

Wehrhahn-Verlag, 2015, 256 Seiten, mit Abb., Hardcover. ISBN 978–3–86525–451–1. Preis: 19,80 €.

From the publisher’s web site:

“Nach seinem Aufenthalt in Italien schrieb Goethe erotische Dichtungen, die auch seine Freunde schockierten. Schiller übte ›freundschaftliche‹ Zensur, und der Herzog Carl August von Weimar wies sogar sein Geheimes Consilium an, über ein Protestgedicht Goethes zur Kritik an seiner erotischen Dichtung zu verhandeln. Fortan hielten Freunde und Herausgeber den Dichter zum Selbstschutz an; er durfte nicht den Eindruck erwecken, er sei einer jener verruchten, sexuell und religiös freizügigen Libertins jener Zeit. Jetzt zensierte Goethe sich selbst und schrieb Erotica nur für den vertrauten Freundeskreis. Er hob sie aber zur posthumen Veröffentlichung auf, da er von künftigen Generationen mehr Liberalität erwartete.

Genau vor hundert Jahren, 1915, wurden die obszönsten Werke Goethes endlich vollständig gedruckt. Davor schlugen sich 120 Jahre lang all jene, die Zugriff auf die Manuskripte hatten (nach Schiller: Eckermann, Riemer, Kanzler Müller, Goethes Enkel, Großherzogin Sophie und die an Sophies großer ›Weimarer Ausgabe‹ Beteiligten), mit dem „Problem“ dieser obszönen Texte herum. Und irgendjemand kratzte, schnitt und radierte die anstößigsten Stellen aus den Handschriften. Aber wer?

Dieses Buch ist ein philologischer Krimi, der nach den Tätern fahndet und den verschlungenen Wegen der obszönen Manuskripte durch Weimar folgt. Eckermann deponierte sie in der Bibliothek, Müller versteckte sie auf dem Dachboden, das Großherzogliche Hausarchiv verbarg sie in einer verschlossenen Kiste mit irreführender Aufschrift. W. Daniel Wilson erzählt erstmals auf breiter Quellengrundlage die Geschichte dieser wohlwollenden Zensur Goethes. Die besprochenen Texte werden mit abgedruckt.”

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be celebrating a Goethe Festival November 12-13, 2015 and Heather Sullivan has been invited to give the keynote lecture on “Goethe and the Anthropocene.”

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Karl J. Fink has recently completed a website that highlights eleven video clips created with seventy images from Goethe archives at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

goethe graphics

Using new digital technologies, Fink presents Goethe’s discovery of morphology as visual narratives of form in motion. From hundreds of sketches and drawings in Goethe’s collection of graphics, Fink selected images that demonstrate Goethe’s study of form in bones, plants, rocks, colors, clouds, faces, tools, and buildings. These images are documented by artist, location, and owner, and are transformed into quick-time movies that follow Goethe’s claim that “Nothing stands still” (Nichts ist stillstehend, LA I.6.vii). User interactive, the website illustrates Goethe’s way of doing science by art and for the first time gives the viewer access to Goethe as a visual thinker who often sketched his ideas in images before he wrote them with words.

 

2015 GSA Panels

Special GSNA Sessions at the Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association
Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015

Goethe’s Integration of Art and Science

Moderator: Clark Muenzer, University of Pittsburgh
Commentator: Frederick Amrine, University of Michigan

  1. “Goethe’s Epistemology of Love,” Arthur Zajonc, Amherst College
  2. “Organicist Aspects of Schenkerian Thought,” Jeff Swinkin, University of Oklahoma
  3. “Spiel der Phantasie: Trauer, Tanz und Therapie in Goethes Lila,” Ferdinand Bubacz, New York University

 

Science, Nature, and Art: From the Age of Goethe to the Present

Seminar Conveners:
Frederick Amrine, John Smith, and Astrida Orle Tantillo

Seminar Participants:

  1. Yvonne Al-Taie, Kiel University
  2. Jeffrey Champlin, Bard College at Alquds University
  3. Daniel DiMassa, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  4. Sally Hatch Gray, Mississippi State University
  5. Martha Helfer, Rutgers University
  6. Jennifer Hoyer, University of Arkansas
  7. Samuel Kessler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  8. Rita Krueger, Temple University
  9. Alice Kuzniar, University of Waterloo
  10. Marcus Lampert, University of Chicago
  11. Charlotte Lee, University of Cambridge
  12. Seth Elliott Meyer, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Elizabeth Millan, DePaul University
  14. Howard Pollack-Milgate, DePauw University
  15. Sebastian Rand, Georgia State University
  16. Michael Saman, College of the Holy Cross
  17. Elliott Schreiber, Vassar College
  18. Alexis Smith, University of Oregon
  19. Gabriel Trop, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  20. Johannes Wankhammer, Cornell University

 

2016 MLA Panels

Special GSNA Sessions at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association
Austin, TX, Austin, 7–10 January 2016

Goethe and Cognitive Science, Cognition and Goethe

Presiding: Charlotte Lee, University of Cambridge, Murray Edwards College

  1. “The Sunlike Eye: Historicizing Cognition in Goethe and Uexküll,” Joseph D. O’Neil, University of Kentucky
  2. “Discovering the Urpflanze: Depictions of Empirical Observation in Goethe’s Botanical Writings,” Yevgenya Strakovsky, Stanford University
  3. “Cognitive Problems in Faust,” Christian Peter Weber, Florida State University
  4. “Ottilie’s Learning Disability and the Uncanny Saintliness of Deficient Social Cognition in Die Wahlverwandtschaften,” Donald R. Wehrs, Auburn University, Auburn

 

Cognitive Science in the Goethezeit

Presiding: John H. Smith, University of California, Irvine

  1. “Goethe and Schiller as Pioneers of Embodied Cognition,” Frederick Amrine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  2. “Phantasy and Cognition: Johannes Müller Reading Goethe,” Edgar Landgraf, Bowling Green State University
  3. “‘Des bildenden Geists werdender Werkstatt’: Hölderlin and the Plasticity of Poetry,” Charlotte Lee, University of Cambridge, Murray Edwards College

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist

Cooperative panel arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the Goethe Society of North America

Presiding: Birgit Tautz, Bowdoin College

  1. “Goethe, the Novel, and the ‘Secret Quest for Meaning,’” Karin Anneliese Wurst, Michigan State University
  2. “Narrative Solipsism in Die Leiden des jungen Werthers,” Christopher Chiasson, Indiana University, Bloomington
  3. “A School of Fiction or the Limits of Narrative: Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten,” Sebastian Meixner, University of Tübingen

 

From the Yearbook Editors

Vol. 23 of the Goethe Yearbook is currently being copy-edited and will be on its way to the printer soon. It features a special section on the visual arts with contributions on the visual aesthetics of Goethe’s 1815 Proserpina production by Gabrielle Bersier; on Goethe’s Farbenlehre by Joel Lande; on the relationship between J.W. Goethe and C.G. Carus and their respective views on the representation of nature in art and science by Beate Allert; and on visual and verbal bricolage in Clemens Brentano’s Gockel, Hinkel und Gackeleia. by Catriona MacLeod.

In addition, there are also original contributions on Goethe and ancient mystery religions by Fred Amrine; on Goethe’s fairy-tale aesthetics by Jane Brown; on virginity and maternity in Goethe’s Werther by Lauren Nossett; on motherless creations in Goethe’s Faust by Wendy Nielsen; and on the concept of the mathematical infinite in Kant by John H. Smith.

We would like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to Stanford University whose generous financial support made it possible to hire a copyeditor and thus has expedited the process considerably. We are now accepting contributions to Vol. 24. We hope to hear from many of you and particularly welcome contributions by younger scholars.

As always, the entire run of back issues is available on Project MUSE.

Adrian Daub
Stanford University

 Elisabeth Krimmer
University of California at Davis