Invoking Goethe's name has become fashionable again. With new methods and technologies of reading threatening to render literature virtual and insubstantial, we have the sense that "Goethe's ghosts" - the otherwise neglected voices and traditions that, finding their most trenchant expression in Goethe, inform the Western storehouse of literature - can show us long-forgotten dimensions of literature. Inspired by the distinguished Goethe scholar Jane Brown, whose life's work has called attention to the allegorical modes haunting the mimetic forms that dominate modern literature, the contributors to this volume take a rich variety of approaches to Goethe: cultural studies, history of the book, semiotics, deconstruction, colonial studies, feminism, childhood studies, and eco-criticism. The persistence, omnipresence, and modalities of the "ghosts" they find suggest that more than influence or standards is at issue here. The stubborn reappearance of these revenants testifies to more fundamental issues concerning the status of literature and the task of the reader. As the contributors demonstrate, these questions acquire renewed urgency in writers as diverse as Hegel, Adorno, Benn, Droste-Hülshoff, and Nietzsche. Each of the essays testifies to the enduring salience and presence of Goethe. Contributors: Helmut Ammerlahn, Benjamin Bennett, Dieter Borchmeyer, Franz-Josef Deiters, Richard T. Gray, Martha B. Helfer, Meredith Lee, Clark Muenzer, Andrew Piper, Jürgen Schröder, Peter J. Schwartz, Patricia Anne Simpson, Robert Deam Tobin, David E. Wellbery, Sabine Wilke. Simon Richter is Professor of German Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Richard Block is Associate Professor of German at the University of Washington.
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|Series:||Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series|
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Table of ContentsIntroduction-Ghosts and the Machine: Reading with Jane BrownEgologies: Goethe, Entoptics, and the Instruments of Writing LifeGoethe's Haunted Architectural Idea"Über allen Gipfeln": The Poem as HieroglyphGoethe's Hauskapelle and Sacred Choral MusicFrom Haunting Visions to Revealing (Self-)Reflections: The Goethean Hero between Subject and ObjectMephisto or the Spirit of LaughterShipwreck with Spectators: Ideologies of Observation in Goethe's Faust IIConstructing the Nation: Volk, Kulturnation, and Eros in FaustGretchen's Ghosts: Goethe, Adorno, and the Literature of Refuge"I'll burn my books!": Faust(s), Magic, MediaThe Imagination of Freedom: Goethe and Hegel as ContemporariesEffacement vs. Exposure of the Poetic Act: Philosophy and Literature as Producers of "History" (Hegel vs. Goethe)Toward an Environmental Aesthetics: Depicting Nature in the Age of Goethe"Ein heimlich Ding": The Self as Object in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff"Ja, Goethe über alles und immer!": Benn's "Double Life" in His Letters to F. W. Oelze (1932-56)Bibliography of Jane K. Brown's PublicationsNotes on the ContributorsIndex