Critical Lives: Goethe

Critical Lives: Goethe
25 February 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
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Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Jeremy Adler (King’s College London), Jim Reed (Oxford) and Dan Wilson (Royal Holloway, London) discuss Adler’s new critical biography of German novelist, playwright and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Goethe has often been called the last Renaissance man; this biography shows that Goethe was in fact the first of the moderns – a maker of modernity. The book offers fresh, thought-provoking interpretations of The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Elective Affinities, Egmont, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Faust, and analyses his life, including his love affairs and his meetings with the great people of the age, such as Napoleon Bonaparte. Adler shows how Goethe’s encyclopedic interest in many fields influenced later thinkers such as Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud, Émile Durkheim and Susan Sontag.

Chair: Catherine Davies (IMLR).


Attendance free, but advance online registration required.

This event is organised in conjunction with Reaktion Books.


Jane Lewin
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