Goethe and the Postclassical: Literature, Science, Art, and  
Philosophy 1805-1815

A conference organized by the Goethe Society of North America,  
November 6-9, 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The decade in which Goethe turned 60 was marked by tremendous  
upheaval at home
and abroad as well as extraordinary productivity in Goethe’s own  
life. In this
war-torn period, bracketed by the battles of Austerlitz (1805) and  
(1815), Goethe experienced the plundering of Weimar, met personally with
Napoleon, and witnessed a rising wave of patriotic, militaristic  
fervor among a
younger generation of German poets and intellectuals. This period is  
also of
course defined by the death of Schiller in 1805.  From the decline of  
Classical project in the wake of Schiller’s death to the nascent  
development of
the Divan in 1814-15, Goethe engaged in far-ranging cultural and  
exploration and experimentation. Possible areas that papers and  
panels could
address include

--Faust I   To mark the 200th anniversary of its publication, we are
particularly interested in receiving abstracts on any aspect of Faust I.
--Goethe's Literary Projects Large and Small (e.g. Die  
Dichtung und Wahrheit, Wilhelm Meisters Wanderrjahre, West-östlicher  
assorted essays and poems)
--Goethe and the Visual Arts (e.g. relationships to P. O. Runge, C.D.  
Friedrich, S.
--Goethe and Science (e.g. Die Farbenlehre, Botanical Studies,  
Geology, Mineralogy, Astronomy, Mittwochsgesellschaft)
--Goethe and Philosophy (e.g. Schelling, Hegel, Spinoza, Kant)
--Nationalism and World Literature (e.g. Goethe’s Orientalism, his  
study of
Medieval German literature, Germanic and Norse legend, Volksdichtung)
--Goethe and the Weimar Theater (e.g. Goethe’s staging of Kleist,  
--Goethe and Music (e.g. Beethoven, Zelter, Eberwein, Goethe’s cantatas)
--Women in Goethe’s Life and Work (Christiane Vulpius von Goethe,  
Bettina von
Arnim, Marianne von Willemer, Johanna and Adele Schopenhauer)
--Goethe and Politics (e.g., Napoleon, Wars of Liberation, Metternich  
and the
Vienna Congress)

Please e-mail 1-page abstracts on these or other pertinent topics by  
March 31st
to Simon Richter, Clark Muenzer, and Karin Schutjer at the following  
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Conference papers should not exceed 20 minutes.  All participants  
should be
current members of the Goethe Society of North America by the time of  
conference. For information about the Goethe Society, the Goethe  
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