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,...
susan bernstein is professor of comparative literature and German studies at Brown University. She is the author of Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century—Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt, and Baudelaire (1998) and Housing Problems—Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud, and Heidegger (2008).
Susan Bernstein; Another Goethe. Novel 1 November 2015; 48 (3): 477–481. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-3150445
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