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The Goethe Yearbook, first published in 1982, is the flagship publication of the Goethe Society and is dedicated to North American Goethe scholarship. To view the contents of past volumes select from the pull-down menu to the left (or click here).

To view selected books of interest by Canadian and US members of the Society 1970-2005 (itself a work in progress), click here.

The Yearbook aims above all to encourage and publish original English-language contributions to the understanding of Goethe and other authors of the Goethezeit, while also welcoming contributions from scholars around the world. The book review section seeks likewise to evaluate a wide selection of recent publications on the period, and should be of interest to all scholars of 18th-century literature.

Originally conceived as a vehicle for Goethe criticism in English during the Cold War political tensions, when the most prestigious Goethe publication, the Goethe Jahrbuch, was not available to most Western scholars, the Yearbook subsequently gained the respect of the international community under the editorship of Thomas P. Saine. Under his successors, Simon Richter and Daniel Purdy, the Yearbook went to an annual publication schedule. Since 2013 it is being edited by Adrian Daub and Elisabeth Krimmer. Birgit Tautz is serving as the book review editor. See current members of the Editorial Advisory Board.

The Yearbook invites submissions in English or German on Goethe, his works, his contemporaries, or the period 1770-1832 in general. All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Yearbook's style sheet. Manuscript submissions should be no longer than thirty pages. Inquiries or manuscripts should be directed to Adrian Daub and Elisabeth Krimmer. Books for review should be sent to the Book Review Editor, Birgit Tautz, at the Department of German, Bowdoin College, 7700 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04101-8477.

CFP: 2014 Goethe Yearbook

January 16, 2014


CFP for a Special Section of the 2014 Goethe Yearbook
Goethe and Environmentalism
Guest Editors: Dalia Nassar and Luke Fischer

Over the past few decades, new movements have emerged in literary studies and philosophy (ecocriticism, ecopoetics, environmental philosophy etc.) that are concerned with the relationship between humanity and the natural environment, and the cultural dimension of the environmental crisis. While much attention has been given to the environmental legacy of romanticism, only a small amount of scholarship has focused on Goethe. In light of the central significance of nature in Goethe’s literary, theoretical and scientific texts, it could be argued that Goethe was a major forerunner of the environmental movement and that his ideas continue to be relevant in the present context. The aim of this special section of the Goethe Yearbook is to bring together various perspectives on Goethe’s relevance for environmental thought and, more specifically, to shed light on the environmental significance of Goethe’s legacy and on the potential of his ideas to contribute to contemporary debates in the environmental humanities. We welcome the submission of articles on Goethe’s significance for the following topics:

Environmental aesthetics
Environmental philosophy
Environmental ethics
Environmental management
Goethe’s legacy in the environmental movement
Environmental activism

Submission deadline: March 31, 2014
Please send submissions to guest editors at: dalia.nassar@sydney.edu.au and lukefisch@gmail.com.

Please note that, in addition to this special section, we will continue to publish contributions on all aspects of Goethezeit literature and culture in the next yearbook. We hope to hear from many of you and particularly welcome contributions by younger scholars.

From the Yearbook Editors

January 16, 2014


Volume 21 of the Goethe Yearbook is well on its way. It contains eleven original articles that reflect the diversity of our society: there are contributions by several generations of German scholars, including pieces by David Wellbery and Katharina Mommsen, as well as innovative articles on women writers (Unger, Günderode) and several fascinating interdisciplinary pieces, ranging from an analysis of illustrations of Goethe’s works to a discussion of contemporary psychological and medical theories of ill humor in relation to Goethe’s Werther and an economic reading of Goethe’s Faust. In addition, the volume features sophisticated theoretical approaches to Goethe’s works, including an article on concepts of space in Alexis und Dora and one on notions of sacrifice in Faust. Finally, there is a study of Goethe reception around 1900 and a discussion of Albrecht von Haller’s works. We would like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to Stanford University whose generous financial support made it possible to hire a copyeditor and thus has expedited the process considerably.

We are delighted to announce that volume 22 of the Goethe Yearbook will feature a special section on Goethe and ecocritism. The editors of this section, Dalia Nassar and Luke Fisher, invite contributions on environmental aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy, ecopoetics, Goethe’s legacy in the environmental movement, and environmental activism. Find the Call for Papers below. The deadline is March 31, 2014. Please note that, in addition to this special section, we will continue to publish contributions on all aspects of Goethezeit literature and culture in the next yearbook. We hope to hear from many of you and particularly welcome contributions by younger scholars. Please direct all correspondence to Adrian Daub at daub@stanford.edu and Elisabeth Krimmer at emkrimmer@ ucdavis.edu. Manuscript submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and confine themselves to less than 35 pages. For specific questions about scholarly citations, please consult the Yearbook’s style sheet.

As always, the entire run of back issues is available on Project MUSE.

Adrian Daub
Stanford University

Elisabeth Krimmer
University of California at Davis

From the Book Review Editor

January 16, 2014


As always, I encourage you to let me know if there are particular areas of research that you are interested in reviewing for the Goethe Yearbook. Please send books for review and suggestions for books for review to

Professor Birgit Tautz
Department of German
Bowdoin College
7700 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04101-8477
Telephone: (207) 798-7079
Fax: (207) 725-3348