Tag Archives: Goethe

Nazis and the Classics

Do the classics make us better people. F. R. Leavis thinks so while Terry Eagleton disagrees and cites as an example concentration camp commandants who read Goethe.

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Women Making Sense of Their Lives

The female Bildungsroman arose to help women make sense of their lives in the feminist era.

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In Defense of the English Major

Adam Gopnik makes a spirited defense of the English major in a recent “New Yorker” article.

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When Werther-Fever Upended Europe

Goethe’s “Sorrows of Young Werther” created a sensation in 1774, with a young cult following and older attackers.

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