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Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Philosophy

Sarah V. Eldridge and Allen Speight


Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre served as a touchstone for major philosophical and literary figures of his age (including, among many others, Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, Schlegel, Schleiermacher, and Novalis). But it has received far less attention in both disciplines (especially in English-language scholarship) than either Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther or Elective Affinities. This volume takes up the question of what Goethe’s long and rather complicated novel is doing and how it engages with problems and themes of human life more generally, including issues of individuality, development, ... More

Keywords: Goethe, philosophy of literature, novel, romanticism, Bildungsroman, aesthetic formation, individuality, contingency, gender, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190859268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190859268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah V. Eldridge, editor
Assistant Professor of German, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Allen Speight, editor
Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Boston University

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Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge C. Allen Speight

1 Goethe as Philosopher

Eckart Förster Translated by Sarah Eldridge and Allen Speight

2 The Novel of Its Times

C. Allen Speight

3 Narrative Direction

Sarah Vandegrift Eldridge

4 Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister

Elizabeth Millán

5 To Err Is Male

Elisabeth Krimmer

9 Playing and Reality

Dorothea von Mücke

10 Going On

Helmut Müller-Sievers

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