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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Goethe Society of North America (GSNA) was founded in December 1979 in San Francisco as a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of research on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832; pronunciation here) and his age. The impact of the work of the Goethe Society of North America is considerable and demonstrates that in its relatively brief career it has already become a major forum for constructive research within the international community of scholars of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century.

The Goethe Society has allied organization status with the Modern Language Association (MLA), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), and the German Studies Association (GSA). Since 1982 the Goethe Society has published the Goethe Yearbook, which has become a respected organ of eighteenth-century studies in diverse disciplines and which is recognized as a vital compendium of current research in its articles and its extensive review section. The Goethe Yearbook is distributed free to all paid-up members of the GSNA -- see Membership on how to become a member.

Since 2006 the Goethe Society has been sponsoring a book series published Newsletter Archiveby Bucknell University Press. The goal of this series is to publish innovative research that contextualizes the "Age of Goethe," whether within the fields of literature, history (including art history and history of science), philosophy, art, music, or politics.

Every three years, the Society holds an international conference. Previous conferences include Goethe and the Postclassical (Pittsburgh, 2008) and the 2011 Atkins Goethe Conference in Chicago, entitled Metamorphoses: Goethe and Change. The 2014 conference will be held in Pittsburgh again.

The Society also tracks North American Goethe dissertations dating back to 1886 and regularly publishes a newsletter. The current edition of Goethe News and Notes (Spring 2014) is available here. For previous editions see the Archive.

Finally, the Society maintains a listserv to facilitate communication among its members. Members who wish to subscribe, or unsubscribe, should contact the webmaster.
  

 
2014 Atkins Goethe Conference
 

Imagining Worlds: Aesthetics and its Institutions in the Age of Goethe
University of Pittsburgh, 23-26 October 2014

The Goethe Society is delighted to announce the 2014 Atkins Goethe Conference, to be held in Pittsburgh next year.

Learn more about the conference.

We are soliciting papers of 20 minutes, as well as proposals for panels, that address the wide range of cultural, scientific, philosophical, and socio-political practices during the Age of Goethe that imagined and constructed meaningful worlds. The goal of the program is to consider the various ways that Goethe and his contemporaries understood and used aesthetic categories across the range of disciplines, as well as the impact of their work on aesthetic theoreticians and practitioners from the 19th through 21st centuries. We want to organize sessions that consider not only the nature of art, but also the theoretical and institutional roles of art and aesthetics in the construction of nature and science, self and society, culture and politics, etc. Papers/panels might address:

  • Topics in the fine arts (music and opera; dance; theater; painting, drawing, and sculpture; architecture; gardens) or decorative arts
  • Art as a literary motif
  • The aesthetics of genre in Goethe and his contemporaries
  • Aesthetic self-fashioning and aesthetic education in Weimar
  • The role of oppositional aesthetic categories in constructing social and political spaces (the beautiful vs. the sublime, the ugly, or the grotesque; harmony vs. carnival or chaos; purity vs. corruption or pollution; etc.)
  • Critiques of aesthetic categories and institutions from the 18th-21st centuries
  • Nature and Art: continuities and discontinuities
  • Cultural institutions (collecting; collected works; museums; schools; libraries; the theater; reading; salons; publishing; etc.)
  • Aesthetic sociality (Geselligkeit): conversation and epistolary correspondence
  • Festivities as socio-aesthetic form
  • Representation (image; metaphor; symbol and allegory; representing affect), including representations of Goethe in art from the 18th century to the present

To be considered, please submit a proposal (250 words) by 1 April 2014.

Direct any inquiries to Clark Muenzer.
  

 
     
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News and Notes
From the President

Das Römische Karneval ist ein Fest, das dem Volke eigentlich nicht gegeben wird, sondern das sich das Volk selbst gibt.

Mark this date on your calendar!

OCTOBER 23-26, 2014:
ATKINS GOETHE CONFERENCE

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News and Notes
From the Secretary-Treasurer

Minutes of the 2012 GSNA Business Meeting

Astrida Tantillo, in her last business meeting as President, thanked the Society members for all their contributions to the GSNA activities and expressed her wish that such involvement [ ... more]

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Yearbook
From the Yearbook Editors


For volume 22, the Goethe Yearbook is planning a special section on Goethe and Environmentalism (Guest Editors: Dalia Nassar and Luke Fischer). [ ... more]

Book Series
From the Book Series Editor


Our latest book, How Origins Matter: The History of Heredity in Romanticism, by Christine Lehleiter, is in production. Other projects [ ... more]

 

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Yearbook
CFP for 2014 Special Section


"Goethe and Environmentalism"
Guest Editors: Dalia Nassar and Luke Fischer

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Panels
2014 ASECS


"Media in the Age of Goethe/Goethezeit as Medium"
Chair: Joseph D. O’Neil, University of Kentucky

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Scholarships and Prizes
GSNA Essay Prize


The executive committee seeks nominations or self-nominations for its annual essay prize, which carries an award of $500. Please submit [ ... more]

Scholarships and Prizes
Gloria Flaherty Scholarships


The Society offers scholarships in honor of the late Gloria Flaherty, the accomplished scholar and founding member of the Goethe Society. [ ... more]

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Syllabus Archive
From the Webmaster


The Goethe Society offers a compilation of syllabi that address aspects of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German culture. Members are invited to submit syllabi [ ... more]

Dues
Reminder

Members who have not yet paid their dues are gently reminded to do so. The Goethe Yearbook is sent only once this obligation is met. For your convenience, we offer an online payment option. [ ... more]