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

UPDATE! Keynote speakers are now confirmed:

Ulrich Gaier (University of Konstanz, author of numerous books on and editions
of Goethe’s Faust and President of the Hölderlin Society)

Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago, Morris Fishbein Professor of Science
and Medicine, Professor of History, Philosophy and Psychology, author of The
Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe)

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 Waterloo
(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 the
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 intellectual
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 Wahlverwandtschaften,
Dichtung und Wahrheit, Wilhelm Meisters Wanderrjahre, West-östlicher Divan,
assorted essays and poems)
--Goethe and the Visual Arts (e.g. relationships to O. Runge, C.D. Friedrich, S.
--Goethe and Science (e.g. Die Farbenlehre, Botanical Studies, Galvanism,
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, Calderon,
--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 in English or German on these or other pertinent
topics by March 31st to Simon Richter, Clark Muenzer, and Karin Schutjer at the
following addresses: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
[log in to unmask]  Conference papers should not exceed 20 minutes.  Papers may
be delivered in English or German. All participants should be current members
of the Goethe Society of North America by the time of the conference. For
information about the Goethe Society, the Goethe Yearbook, and its other
activities, please visit:

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
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