Goethe's relations with the English-speaking world have been the subject of scholarly investigation ever since his lifetime. This volume brings together eighteen articles that provide new points of view, a broad range of approaches, and new and original findings on this relationship. These range from the discussion of applications of recent critical approaches such as chaos theory and Edward Said's Orientalism to Goethean texts, through other more empirical contributions that bring to light new material, some of it deriving from archives in Weimar relating to Goethe's contact with English culture. Other essays involve the reassessment of questions of influence, from both sides: in the case of Cooper and Goethe some standard assumptions are revised, while in the case of Goethe and Edith Wharton and Goethe and George Eliot, new comparative ground is broken. Close readings of portions of well-known texts such as Faust and Wilhelm Meister challenge standard assumptions. The analysis of selected recent translations of Goethe's poetry raises perennial questions of cultural transfer, while the survey of the role played by some of Goethe's texts in one corner of the English-speaking world, Dublin, is long overdue.
Nicholas Boyle is Reader in German Literary and Intellectual History, Head of the Department of German in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Magdalene College. John Guthrie is College Lecturer in German and Director of Studies in Modern Languages at New Hall, Cambridge.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 293
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
An unusually substantial set of essays... Several present important research in compressed form, and will be valuable reference points. Beyond that, the volume presents a picture of Goethe's response to the English-speaking world ... with many new and intriguing emphases. BRITISH JOURNAL OF 18TH-c. STUDIES
The ... collection of papers is consistently learned, informative, insightful, enlightening.... GERMAN QUARTERLY
The essays ... succeed in demonstrating the value of an intercultural approach to Goethe, in recognition both of his global significance and of his conception of "world literature." JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
The collection, free of jargon, carefully documented and generally on the cutting edge of research, could also be recommended to non-specialists looking for an accessible overview of how Goethe has been and is being seen in the Anglo-American world. SEMINAR