By Simon J. Richter
In Germany, Weimar Classicism (roughly the interval from Goethe's go back to Germany from Italy in 1788 to the demise of his buddy and collaborator Schiller in 1805) is greatly considered as an apogee of literary artwork. yet outdoor of Germany, Goethe is taken into account a Romantic, and the suggestion of Weimar Classicism as a different interval is seen with skepticism. This quantity of latest essays regards the query of literary interval as a crimson herring: Weimar Classicism is better understood as a undertaking that concerned the bold try out not just to visualize but additionally to accomplish a brand new caliber of wholeness in human existence and tradition at a time whilst fragmentation, department, and alienation seemed to be the norm. via no longer succumbing to the parable of Weimar and its literary giants, yet being keen to discover the phenomenon as a posh cultural process with a distinct signature, this e-book presents an account of its shaping ideals, preoccupations, motifs, and values. Contributions from prime German, British, and North American students open up a number of interdisciplinary views at the interval. Essays at the novel, poetry, drama, and theater are joined through bills of politics, philosophy, visible tradition, girls writers, and technology. The reader is brought to the complete panoply of cultural lifestyles in Weimar, its accomplishments in addition to its excesses and follies. Emancipatory and doctrinaire by means of turns, the venture of Weimar Classicism is better approached as a fancy entire. individuals: Dieter Borchmeyer, Charles Grair, Gail Hart, Thomas Saine, Jane Brown, Cyrus Hamlin, Roger Stephenson, Elisabeth Krimmer, Helmut Pfotenhauer, Benjamin Bennett, Astrida Orle Tantillo, W. Daniel Wilson. Simon J. Richter is affiliate Professor of German on the collage of Pennsylvania.