Call for Papers: MLA 2020

Goethe Society Sponsored Roundtable at MLA 2020 (Seattle)
Organizers: Jason Groves (University of Washington) and Ervin Malakaj (University of British Columbia)

Decolonization and the Age of Goethe

This roundtable seeks to establish productive connections between the scholarship on the Age of Goethe and recent conversations on decolonization in the academy generally as well as German Studies in particular. Broadly, work in decolonization of the academy calls for an acknowledgement of the role its constituent disciplines have played in the consecration and naturalization of violent discourses. In this light, scholars like Dalia Gebrial have shown how European Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment thought was “constituted through and alongside imperialism and slavery.” Along the same lines, scholars, such as contributors to Sara Eigen and Mark Larrimore’s volume The German Invention of Race (2006), have demonstrated how 18th- and early 19th-century German cultural pundits were major contributors to various debates on race ostensibly prefiguring 19th-century race science.

Although German-speaking lands are, strictly speaking, precolonial in the Age of Goethe, its literature and art was shot through with colonial fantasies of discovery and exploration, as Susanne Zantop and others have shown. If reality caught up with the imagination, in terms of Germany’s early 19th-century colonial ambitions, was there also a decolonial counter-discourse and counter-imaginary in this age that later became realized?  Relatedly, where and how have the later writers and thinkers who were instrumental in decolonization movements drawn from writers and thinkers of the Goethezeit? At the same time, it would be important to explore how and where the legacies of this age’s colonial imagination remain both unquestioned within the academy and active in contemporary societies.

On the one hand, we are interested in seeking out critical voices during the age and on the other we are seeking out decoloniality models for the age. We particularly welcome contributions that theorize effective frameworks for grasping the intersectional complexity of power configurations in literary and visual cultures or that establish links to various intellectual traditions by way of generating fruitful pathways for decoloniality and its cultural producers. In order to include a range of voices and perspectives on an issue currently generating considerable interest in the field, this session will be organized as a roundtable. Though each presenter will have approximately 8-10 minutes, we hope that the roundtable as a whole will be more inclusive and generative than a panel.

Please send abstracts of ca. 250 words and a short bio to both Jason Groves ( and Ervin Malakaj ( by March 15, 2019. Inquiries welcome.

Goethe Exhibition in Bonn, May-Sept. 2019

Goethe. Transformation of the World

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
17 May – 15 September 2019

Johann Wolfgang Goethe is the world’s best-known poet of the German tongue. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, he lived to see his fame spread all over Europe. His works were translated into countless languages. Figures like Werther or Faust found their way into every creative discipline and all sectors of popular culture. More than any other artist of his time, Goethe reflected the dramatic changes that sent shockwaves through the political, economical and cultural foundations of Europe around 1800. Goethe was not only a critical observer of the dawn of the modern world, but also a versatile artist who continues to inspire writers, painters, sculptors, composers, photographers and film directors.

The Bundeskunsthalle and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are devoting a major exhibition to the artist Goethe. Around three hundred objects in the exhibition shed light on his biography, his age at the dawn of our modern era and the uniquely powerful impact of his work

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurt, the Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf and the Museo Casa di Goethe, Rom under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany.


Invitation to Submit your Work to the GYB

Dear colleagues,

With vol. 26 in production, we want to reach out again and invite you to submit your work for consideration in the next Goethe Yearbook (to appear in 2020). Please send us manuscripts by February 15, 2019.

As always, we welcome manuscripts on any and all aspects of Goethe, his contemporaries, and the 18th century broadly conceived, including the century’s legacy. We also are interested in broadening the discussion, in organizing special sections, and experimenting with new forms and genres of scholarly writing. Please contact us with any and all suggestions at!

Note that the Goethe Yearbook is a double-blind, peer-reviewed publication, widely indexed, and published with DOIs. All manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word, and in accordance with the Yearbook’s style sheet and anonymized for review. Manuscript submissions should be no longer than 8,500 words.

Patricia Anne Simpson
University of Nebraska

Birgit Tautz
Bowdoin College

With very best wishes for the holiday season and 2019,
Birgit and Patty

Call for Papers: GSA 2019

GSNA-Sponsored Seminar for the 2019 GSA Conference, Portland, OR, 3-6 October 2019
Deadline:  26 January 2019

Goethe as a Heterodox Thinker

Conveners: Clark Muenzer, University of Pittsburgh,
Karin Schutjer, University of Oklahoma,
John H. Smith, University of California, Irvine,

This seminar will explore Goethe’s unique contribution to philosophical discourse. During the 2018 GSA, four panels were dedicated to “Goethe’s Philosophical Concepts.” They launched a multi-year project, a Goethe Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts, that will provide an ongoing online and print-on-demand collection of articles highlighting the novelty of Goethe’s thought. The project is inspired in part by Gilles Deleuze’s understanding of philosophy as the “creation of concepts,” and in part by Goethe himself, who wrote: “Kein Wort steht still sondern es rückt durch den Gebrauch von seinem anfänglichen Platz eher hinab als hinauf, eher ins Schlechtere als ins Bessere, ins Engere als ins Weitere, und an der Wandelbarkeit des Worts läßt sich die Wandelbarkeit der Begriffe erkennen” (Max. und Reflex. 983). The success of the panels encourages us to gather Goethezeit scholars of all ranks to discuss Goethe as heterodox thinker against the background of philosophical doxa.

Format: Each convener will provide a short reading by Goethe or from the philosophical tradition with a brief explanation of the selection. Each participant will write a short position paper on one of the readings (500-1000 words) to be distributed in advance. Each day of the seminar, one convener is responsible for moderating the discussion.

Call for Papers: GSA 2019

GSNA-Sponsored Panel for the 2019 GSA Conference, Portland, OR, 3-6 October 2019

Realism in the Age of Goethe and Its Legacy

In a conversation with Eckermann in December 1826, Goethe expressed contempt for readers of his 1796 epic poem Hermann und Dorothea who attempted to merely uncover the reality behind poetry: “Man will die Wahrheit, man will die Wirklichkeit und verdirbt dadurch die Poesie” (Goethe HA, 2:738). This contempt for a plain realism as a trajectory for poetry with its implicit assertion of poetry’s own epistemic value, however, is not just an echo of Schiller’s earlier claim that poetry has to free herself of all historical contingencies in order to constitute a poetic truth of her own right. Encompassing both aesthetics and his idea of sciences, Goethe by contrast maintained his idea of “hartnäckige[r] Realismus” (ibid., 10:541.). The romantics’ position towards realism and idealism was perhaps more ambivalent, but they too came to favor what Manfred Frank describes as “erkenntnistheoretischen Realismus” (Unendliche Annäherung, p. 663).

The renegotiation of the relationship between poetry and reality was first necessitated by the liquidation of traditional concepts of rhetoric and allegory in the course of the 18th century; major systems of reference for poetic concepts of truth and meaning had eroded by 1800, making way for various competing schemes, which were unified, however, in their affirmative or critical stance towards idealism. Thus, Goethe’s apodictic proposition (and the conceptualization of poetry in general behind it) certainly has reinforced the alleged divide behind Weimar Classicism and Romanticism on the one hand, and 19th century literary Realism on the other in modern periodization of literary history with its claim of two distinct literary epistemologies of the two periods.

This panel explores how poets from 1800 on conceptualized reality in and of literature. We want to address questions of how philosophical concepts of realism and idealism shaped and calibrated poetic forms of realism in Classicism and Romanticism, and how these literary movements approached their own historical reality to which they certainly reacted (and which, in turn, they shaped). And, by contrast, we will ask how ‘realistic’ Realism actually is, and to what end (if at all) Realism utilizes earlier poetic strategies / models for its own constitution of poetic reality.

Please send an abstract of no more than 350 words to Jan Oliver Jost-Fritz ( and Christian Weber ( by 31 January 2019.

Call for Papers: GSA 2019

GSNA-Sponsored Panel for the 2019 GSA Conference, Portland, OR, 3-6 October 2019

Karl Philipp Moritz’s Interdisciplinary Stance

For a long time, Karl Philipp Moritz was viewed as a minor figure in German intellectual history and as a mere epigone of Goethe. Today, he is appreciated for his important role in the evolution of several disciplines: modern aesthetic theory, psychology, and pedagogy, just to mention a few. He is considered the instigator of the theory of aesthetic autonomy, the inventor of the psychological case study, and a reformer of pedagogical practices.

Lately, researchers have begun to emphasize the various intersections between these different disciplines, thus revitalizing the understanding of Moritz’s place in eighteenth-century thought. Following this trajectory, scholars are hereby invited to submit abstracts for a panel on the interdisciplinary stance in Moritz’s work. The scope of the panel is to engage more systematically with the connections between disciplines in his theoretical and fictional work. The papers should aim at combining or contrasting Moritz’s contributions to various intellectual and artistic fields, thus revealing the consistencies, tensions, and/or developments of his thought.

The following list of keywords are suggestions only and not meant to limit the scope of inquiry:

  • Aesthetic autonomy
  • Art history
  • Beauty
  • Ethics
  • Formation
  • Grammar
  • Interest and disinterest
  • Language pedagogy
  • Mythology
  • Pedagogy
  • Perfection
  • Politics
  • Prosody
  • Psychology
  • Signature
  • Theology

Please send abstracts (350-600 words) and a short bio in either English or German to Mattias Pirholt, Södertörn University ( by 15 January 2019.

Mattias Pirholt
Professor of Comparative Literature
School of Culture and Education
Södertörn University
SE-141 89 Huddinge

2018 Election Results

Dear members of the Goethe Society of North America!

The election results for the 2019-2022 term are in and were announced at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association. Congratulations to our newly elected officers!

Vice President: Heather Sullivan
Directors at-Large: Vance Byrd and Eleonor ter Horst
Secretary-Treasurer: William Carter

Thank you to the nominating committee and to all those members who stood for election.

2017 Prizes Announced

It was an exciting year for Goethezeit studies, with over forty essays for the committee to read, of truly high quality. I would like to thank committee members John Smith and Heidi Schlipphacke for their stalwart work, reading so many articles over summer break.

Gabriel Trop published three articles in 2017, each of which was worthy of an award. The committee selected as the essay prize winner “Goethe’s Faust and the Absolute of Naturphilosophie,” The Germanic Review 92.4 (2017): 388-406. The article succeeds remarkably in several ways: it offers a new perspective on one of the most written about and studied plays; it makes Schelling’s version of Naturphilosophie not only clear in its essence but also applicable as a way of understanding a literary text; and it gives us a new insight into the makings of tragedy. Trop sees in Schelling an ontology of tensions and conflicting forces—attraction and repulsion, contraction and expansion. As Trop writes elegantly: “a chaotic reserve of disorder belongs intrinsically to the unfolding of the absolute of Naturphilosophie.” Precisely this structure makes for the principle of signification in Faust, as Trop shows in fresh analyses of disorderly figures including Gretchen, Homunculus, and Euphorion, concluding that in his resistance to the Eternal Feminine Mephistopheles both negates life and presents a new ethics of the absolute. The key is that the tragic unfolding is not based in the subjectivity of the striving Faust but in the very nature of the Absolute itself.

The committee also awarded an honorable mention to another scholar who had an exceptionally productive year, Leif Weatherby, for his elegant essay “A Reconsideration of the Romantic Fragment,” which indeed appeared in the same issue of The Germanic Review immediately after Trop’s essay (pp. 407-25). As a form of Witz that is a conjunction of opposites, the fragment, in Weatherby’s reading, also is a mediating place where science and poetry intersect through material irony.

We also had to decide on an essay with a focus on natural science, for the Richard Sussman Essay Prize. Here, too, there were some interesting choices for us, with studies of chemistry, light, and, of course, equilibrium, thanks to a special issue of The Germanic Review edited by Jocelyn Holland and Gabriel Trop. However, we selected the nuanced essay by Tove Holmes, “Reizende Aussichten: Aesthetic and Scientific Observation in Albrecht von Haller’s Die Alpen,” published in Modern Language Notes 132.3 (2017): 753-74. Haller’s long poem is not at the top of many of our reading lists, so it was refreshing to see it brought to life in this essay and rescued from Lessing’s potent negative reading of its descriptive mode. Holmes shows the way Haller’s scientific sensibility frames a way of observing the world that then feeds into the poetic descriptions, notably ekphrasis. But the reverse is also true: according to Holmes, because Haller wrote his poem at a time just before the “two cultures” of natural science and the humanities separated over different conceptions of methodology, his poetic sensibility, informed by a traditional notion of energeia or “bringing vividly before the eyes,” shaped his scientific observations and invites us to look forward as well to a more modern practice of scientific observation.

Catriona MacLeod
University of Pennsylvania

Cash Bar at the GSA

Andy Warhol, Goethe

The Goethe Society of North America invites you:

Cash Bar:
Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
Brigade Room (Ballroom Level)
Celebrate the publication of the 25th volume of the Goethe Yearbook!

Business Meeting:
Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Rivers Room
German Studies Association Conference
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

From the President

In 2018 the Goethe Society published the 25th volume of its Yearbook, demonstrating thereby the robust vitality of North American scholarship on the poet and his age. Copies of the first volume, printed in 1982, are hard to find nowadays, but thanks to Project Muse, scholars can read their way through the entire run. Such a perusal offers a diachronic sample that reveals how Germanistik on this side of the Atlantic has developed, as the seasons of scholarship are preserved in the Yearbook. The first essay in the first volume was written by David Wellbery; Jane Brown’s essay on Act II of Faust II appeared in the second volume—both scholars continue their leading role in the Society. In a remarkable demonstration of continuity, Ehrhard Bahr has published research in both the first and the most recent volume. Some of us were adolescents just glancing up from our copies of Werther when the Society was founded. The most recent volumes show that in the twenty-first century we often contemplate the famous names from 1800 with different eyes than before, so that today’s pressing issues lead readers into books and questions long forgotten. If physics had once dispelled Naturphilosophie as mere idealistic speculation, recent investigations make clear that the history of science is quite interlaced with poetic visions, not so different from Faust’s. Twenty-first century demands to preserve and protect the environment also compel us to reconsider the eighteenth-century portrayal of “Nature,” along with Goethe’s organic depictions of weather, atmospheres, and clouds. This rotation of scholarly approaches to German literature will become obvious as members vote for new officers.

Assuming an office in the Goethe Society also enjoins one to absorb the full spectrum of members’ scholarship. In our Society, stepping into an office automatically compels a person to take account of the legacy that precedes. When I was allowed to become the Yearbook editor, the task of charting the many approaches into the eighteenth century obligated me to read through the back issues, thereby renewing my relationship to German culture by looking farther than my own strait track. This insight was guided, of course, by Tom Saine and Simon Richter, the founding and succeeding editors, who gently reminded me of my responsibility to all members of the Goethe Society. The advice to look beyond myself also included the task of fostering the next generation of scholars. Just as you feel that you have grasped the nuances of literary scholarship, the Society calls on you to consider your replacement—to make sure that beginning scholars also find their voice in the dialogue, so that they too can feel empowered and so that the study of German literature never becomes an ossified erudition. To that end, we have stepped up our financial support of younger scholars attending our tri-annual conference and we have expanded the prizes we offer for scholarly essays written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century literature, philosophy, and science.

As I finish my term, I welcome Catriona MacLeod as the next President. I urge you all to vote for the next officers, all of whom have shown a sincere scholarly dedication to the Society. My fellow out-going officers I wish to thank for their hard work, their friendly counsel and aid, their critical acumen, and their commitment to preserving scholarly excellence. John Smith and Heidi Schlipphacke have assiduously fulfilled many crucial functions in planning the conference and selecting the essay prizes. Christian Weber was the steady hand as Secretary-Treasurer, keeping our finances in order and offering sound expertise. Burkhard Henke has been our indispensable webmaster, who keeps us all connected and communicating. As Executive Secretary, Birgit Tautz, followed by Elliott Schreiber, has planned the many panels and meetings we hold at other conferences—exhorting, cajoling, collecting proposals for submission elsewhere. In addition, to guiding the Book Series with Bucknell University Press, Karin Schutjer has provided the institutional memory every organization needs to preserve continuity and fairness. Our new Yearbook editors, Patricia Simpson and Birgit Tautz, are well on their way to compiling the next volume of the Goethe Yearbook, allowing us to look forward to volume 50. Sean Franzel keeps all us book reviewers honest with his overview. To Catriona MacLeod I am most grateful, not only for running the book prizes and the dissertation workshop, but even more so for her wise counsel over the last three years. I wish her great success.

Daniel Purdy
Pennsylvania State University

Goethe-Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts

Invitation to participate in a new collaborative research project

The Goethe-Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts is a collaborative research initiative investigating the central role played by concepts and their re-invention in Goethe’s development as a philosopher. Guided by the writer’s estimation of his own approach to philosophical problems as “heterodox,” the project’s international team of cross-disciplinary collaborators will identify, collect, and explicate a wide range of philosophical concepts that, when taken together, allowed Goethe to reformulate central questions of traditional metaphysics within the practices of literature, science, aesthetics, and cultural history. Drawing on digital technologies, the lexicon will position users to connect Goethe to an exemplary line of predecessors and successors in philosophical conceptualization. It will also facilitate “reading” and systematically organizing the vast Goethe-database, thereby putting the each of the writer’s discrete disciplinary practices into a virtual dialog with all the others on the basis of shared philosophical investments.

By publishing the lexicon in English and online as an open-access research tool with a cross-disciplinary focus, we will be fulfilling several important goals. Firstly, the lexicon will make Goethe available beyond the German-speaking world to a global readership. Secondly, it will serve as a resource for scholars outside the disciplinary confines of German Studies to connect their work to a thinker who—despite Emerson’s portrait of Goethe in Characteristic Men (1850) as the exemplary “philosopher” of “modern life” and its “rolling miscellany of facts”—remained largely unacknowledged for his philosophical achievements until recently. Thirdly, the lexicon’s digital platform will allow users to re-organize the sequence of entries with the stroke of a key and so empower them, as never before, to experience the basic building blocks of Goethean thought across a dynamic network of contextual fields. The term Geist (spirit), for example, would be searchable within individual literary works or genres, and these, in turn, could be linked to Goethe’s scientific or aesthetic works, as well as to works in metaphysics from ancient Greek philosophy through 20th and 21st century revisionists like Whitehead and Deleuze. Lastly, the lexicon’s online format will enable a production and distribution process that is flexible and interactive. Each (subsequent) year of work will produce about 25 new entries that will be immediately available and integrated into the work of previous years. And users will be equipped to respond to the entries with suggestions for emendation in an interactive process of revision.

The first major event for the project will be the four panels at this year’s GSA Annual meeting in Pittsburgh, as well as a “working” dinner following the GSNA business meeting. More details about activities this year will be sent to our members through our list-serve as they become available. Early in May, 2019, the Lexicon Project will be hosting its first annual three-day workshop at the University of Pittsburgh, and we invite all who might want to participate in the project as authors to contact either Clark Muenzer or John H. Smith, so they we are sure to send them details about this event, as well as a second workshop in England in May 2020. Both the GSNA and the English Goethe Society are serving as sponsors of the project, which will be generously funded over the next two years by a sizable seed-funding grant from the University of Pittsburgh, which is its institutional home. Again, we urge interested members to contact us as soon as possible. Many editorial decisions of substance will be made this year. We imagine this as a truly collaborative project and would welcome your input.

Clark Muenzer (
John H. Smith (

2018 GSA Panels

Heterodox Thinking: Goethe and the Invention of Philosophical Concepts
German Studies Association Conference
Pittsburgh, 27-30 September 2018

This series of four GSNA-sponsored panels has been organized by Clark Muenzer. It launches the lexicon of Goethe’s philosophical concepts that Clark first announced at the 2017 Atkins Goethe Conference, and promises to be a milestone event. See the invitation to participate in the project here.

Signature Concepts
Friday 10:30-12:15 (Grand Ballroom 3)
Moderator: Michael Lipkin (Columbia University)
Commentator: Michael Saman (New York University)

  1. Sebastian Meixner (Universität Zürich)
  2. Andree Hahmann (University of Pennsylvania)
  3. Margaret Strair (University of Pennsylvania)
    Gefühl, Empfindung, Einbildung

Concepts and Theories of Language
Saturday 10:30-12:15 (Grand Ballroom 2)
Moderator: Margaretmary Daley (Case Western Reserve University)
Commentator: John McCarthy (Vanderbilt University)

  1. Dennis Johannssen (Brown University)
  2. Clark Muenzer (University of Pittsburgh)
  3. John H.  Smith (University of California, Irvine)
    Geist and Buchstabe

Concepts and Prosody
Saturday 4:15-6:00 (Grand Ballroom 2)
Moderator: Jan Oliver Jost-Fritz (East Tennessee State University)
Commentator: Horst Lange (University of Central Arkansas)

  1. Simon Friedland (University of Chicago)
    Blank Verse
  2. Karin Schutjer (University of Oklahoma)
  3. Charlotte Lee (University of Cambridge)

Surprising Concepts
Sunday 12:30-2:15 (Grand Ballroom 2)
Moderator: Robert Norton (University of Notre Dame)
Commentator: Alice Kuzniar (University of Waterloo)

  1. Christian Weber (Florida State University)
    Wunderlich, Unheimlich, Ungeheuerlich
  2. Jennifer Caisley (University of Cambridge)
  3. Jane Brown (University of Washington)

2019 MLA Panel

Goethe’s International Relations: Imagining the Ausland, 1770-1832
Modern Language Association Convention
3-6 January 2019, Chicago

Organizer: Joseph D. O’Neil (University of Kentucky)
Presider: John H. Smith (University of California, Irvine)

  1. Chunjie Zhang (University of California, Davis)
    “Voltaire’s The Orphan of China (1753) and Schiller’s Turandot (1801)”
  2. Julie Koehler (Wayne State University)
    “Frau Holle Defeats King Arthur: A Conflict of Cultural Values in Naubert’s ‘Der kurze Mantel’”
  3. Joseph D. O’Neil (University of Kentucky)
    “Goethe with Sade? Principles of Republican Narratology”

From the Editor of the Book Series

Our big news is that we’re awaiting the arrival of two superb new volumes, both slated to come out in February 2019.

Odysseys of Recognition:  Performing Intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist
By Ellwood Wiggins (University of Washington, Seattle)


Literary recognition is a technical term for a climactic plot device. Odysseys of Recognition claims that interpersonal recognition is constituted by performance, and brings performance theory into dialogue with poetics, politics, and philosophy. By observing Odysseus figures from Homer to Kleist, Ellwood Wiggins offers an alternative to conventional intellectual histories that situate the invention of the interior self in modernity. Through strategic readings of Aristotle, this elegantly written, innovative study recovers an understanding of interpersonal recognition that has become strange and counterintuitive. Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey offers a model for agency in ethical knowledge that has a lot to teach us today. Early modern and eighteenth-century characters, meanwhile, discover themselves not deep within an impenetrable self, but in the interpersonal space between people in the world. Recognition, Wiggins contends, is the moment in which epistemology and ethics coincide: in which what we know becomes manifest in what we do.


Pretexts for Writing:  German Romantic Prefaces, Literature, and Philosophy
By Seán M. Williams (University of Sheffield, UK)


Around 1800, print culture became a particularly rich source for metaphors about thinking as well as writing, nowhere more so than in the German tradition of Dichter und Denker. Goethe, Jean Paul, and Hegel (among many others) used the preface in order to reflect on the problems of writing itself, and its interpretation. If Sterne teaches us that a material book enables mind games as much as it gives expression to them, the Germans made these games more theoretical still. Weaving in authors from Antiquity to Agamben, Williams shows how European–and, above all, German–Romanticism was a watershed in the history of the preface. The playful, paradoxical strategies that Romantic writers invented are later played out in continental philosophy, and in post-Structuralist literature. The preface is a prompt for playful thinking with texts, as much as it is conventionally the prosaic product of such an exercise.

As always, we’re eager to hear about your proposals, whether a single-authored monograph or a collection of essays. With Bucknell’s new publishing partnership with Rutgers, the series is now more attractive than ever.  Cover prices have come way down:  both of our forthcoming volumes are priced at $34.95 for the paperback edition.  So if you’re at the GSA please come by the cash bar to chat.  We hope to have books and flyers on display.

Karin Schutjer
University of Oklahoma

From the Yearbook Editors

Volume 26 of the Goethe Yearbook features a special section on Goethe’s narrative events, edited by Fritz Breithaupt, with contributions from Christopher Chiasson, “Much Ado about Nothing? The Absence of Events in Die Wahlverwandtschaften”; Christian P. Weber, “Narrating (Against) the Uncanny in Goethe’s ‘Ballade’”; and Lisa Anderson, “Countering Catastrophe: Goethe’s Novelle in the Aftershock of Heinrich von Kleist.” This issue also showcases work presented at the 2017 Atkins Goethe Conference (Re-Orientations around Goethe), hosted at Penn State, including presentations by Eva Geulen on morphology and W. Daniel Wilson on the Goethe Society of Weimar in the Third Reich. The volume has a range of articles by emerging and established scholars on Klopstock, Schiller, Goethe and objects, dark green ecology, and texts of the Goethezeit and beyond through the lens of world literature.

As always, we welcome manuscripts on any and all aspects of Goethe, his contemporaries, and the 18th century broadly conceived, including the century’s legacy. We also are interested in broadening the discussion, in organizing special sections, and experimenting with new forms and genres of scholarly writing. Please contact us with any and all suggestions at!

Note that the Goethe Yearbook is a double-blind, peer-reviewed publication, widely indexed, and published with DOIs. All manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word, and in accordance with the Yearbook’s style sheet – published on our web site – and anonymized for review. Manuscript submissions should be no longer than 8,500 words.

Patricia Anne Simpson
University of Nebraska

Birgit Tautz
Bowdoin College