Review: Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson, eds., Religion, Reason, and Culture in the Age of Goethe. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013.


Byrne Bodley, Lorraine (2015) Review: Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson, eds., Religion, Reason, and Culture in the Age of Goethe. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013. Goethe Yearbook, 22.

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Abstract

Krimmer and Simpson’s editorial collaboration brings together an eclectic group of scholars, who focus on the significant theme of religion in German writing from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and represent numerous perspectives on this vast topic. The editors identify their chronological field, the “long eighteenth century,” as the period extending from Wieland through Goethe and Hegel, or from Sentimentality through Romanticism. However, as one might expect with such a historically weighty subject, the boundaries set by the title are elastic. If we take into account Frederick Amrine’s compelling discussion of Spinoza and Fichte and their reception in Deleuze, one acquires a sense of the great temporal expanse that the discussion of religion necessarily takes on: few subjects depend upon such an enormous tradition for their underpinnings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Elisabeth Krimmer; Patricia Anne Simpson; Religion; Reason; Culture; Goethe; German Literature; German Linguistics;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
Item ID: 7462
Depositing User: Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 09:25
Journal or Publication Title: Goethe Yearbook
Publisher: The Goethe Society of North America
Refereed: Yes
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