Goethe's presence in Freudian psychology is the main topic of Jane K. Brown's recent book, Goethe's Allegories of Identity, a topic first opened up by Avital Ronell's book, Dictations: on Haunted Writing (1986). Though Brown's book shows no awareness of this important work on the question of the relation between Goethe and Freud, she has nevertheless written a rich study of Goethe's major works, including his novels, Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, and Die Wahlverwandtschaften; his classical dramas; Faust; and various poems as well as scientific and autobiographical writings. Brown knows her Goethe. Her stature as a scholar of Goethe and of European literature more generally was celebrated recently in a new volume of essays, Goethe's Ghosts: Reading and the Persistence of Literature (2013), edited by Simon Richter and Richard Block. This excellent collection,...

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