From Goethe to Novalis

Studies in Classicism and Romanticism: "Festschrift" for Dennis F. Mahoney in Celebration of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday

by Wolfgang Mieder (Volume editor)
©2015 Monographs XXVI, 339 Pages


This Festschrift in honor of Dennis F. Mahoney’s sixty-fifth birthday is somewhat different from the standard Festschrift: rather than present essays from various authors, this Festschrift collects twenty-one of Mahoney’s most important English-language publications on German Classicism and Romanticism published over the past thirty years. Mahoney is the author and editor of many articles and books in German and English, among them Die Poetisierung der Natur bei Novalis (1980), Der Roman der Goethezeit (1988), The Eighteenth Century and Uses of the Past (1992), The Critical Fortunes of a Romantic Novel: Novalis’s «Heinrich von Ofterdingen» (1994), The End of Enlightenment (2000), Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis) (2001), and Literature of German Romanticism (2004).
Mahoney has taught German language, culture, literature, and film at the University of Vermont for thirty-five years, and has received national and international recognition. On campus he has been a champion of international education, advising students about studying abroad, setting up an exchange program with the University of Augsburg, and inviting students and colleagues from Germany to Vermont. He has received an Excellence in Teaching Award, an Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education, and he was the first American to be named president of the International Novalis Society.
The title of this Festschrift captures Mahoney’s life-long occupation with this rich period of German cultural, intellectual, and literary life. The essays display his erudition and expertise on such subjects as the multifaceted Age of Goethe, including the continuing discussion of the nature of the Bildungsroman and the influence of the French Revolution. The essays deal primarily with Goethe, Schiller, and Novalis, but Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Georg Forster, Caroline von Wolzogen, Jean Paul, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Achim von Amim, and others are discussed as well. These individual essays are representative of Mahoney’s accomplishments as a literary scholar – and a remarkable professor, colleague, and friend.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author(s)/editor(s)
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Tabula Gratulatoria
  • Preface
  • Classicism
  • Chapter 1. Goethe Seen Anew: Egon Günther’s Film Lotte in Weimar
  • I
  • Notes
  • Chapter 2. The Thematic Significance of Astrology in Schiller’s Wallenstein
  • Notes
  • Chapter 3. The French Revolution as Volcano:Goethe and Georg Forster
  • Notes
  • Chapter 4. Primeval Formation: Teaching Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre with the Help of Goethe’s Urworte. Orphisch
  • Notes
  • Chapter 5. Goethe’s Autobiographical Writings
  • Notes
  • Chapter 6. Schiller’s Der Geisterseher: A Princely Experiment or, the Creation of a “Spiritualist”
  • Notes
  • Chapter 7. On the Periphery of Weimar Classicism: Passion, Patriarchy and Political Machinations in Caroline von Wolzogen’s Agnes von Lilien (1797) and Barbara Honigmann’s Eine Liebe aus nichts (1991)
  • Notes
  • Chapter 8. Maria Stuart Adaptations in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries: From “Classical” Parodies to Contemporary Politics
  • Notes
  • Transition
  • Chapter 9. The French Revolution and the Bildungsroman
  • Notes
  • Chapter 10. “Painting the Red Flower Blue”: Developments in Research on the Novels of the Age of Goethe since 1968
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Chapter 11. The Apprenticeship of the Reader: The Bildungsroman of the “Age of Goethe”
  • Notes
  • Chapter 12. The Channeling of a Literary Revolution: Goethe, Schiller, and the Genesis of German Romanticism
  • Notes
  • Romanticism
  • Chapter 13. The Myth of Death and Resurrection in Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  • I
  • II
  • III
  • Notes
  • Chapter 14. Double into Doppelgänger: The Genesis of the Doppelgänger-Motif in the Novels of Jean Paul and E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Notes
  • Chapter 15. “Stages of Enlightenment”: Lessing’s Nathan der Weise and Novalis’s Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Chapter 16. A “Schützenkönig” for Kuhschnappel: Social Reality and Wish Projection in Jean Paul’s Siebenkäs
  • Diskussion
  • Notes
  • Chapter 17. Human History as Natural History in Die Lehrlinge zu Sais and Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  • Notes
  • Chapter 18. “Was nicht ist, kann noch werden”: Proverbs and German Romanticism
  • Notes
  • Chapter 19. Old, New, and (Un)Known Worlds: History and Fiction in Achim von Arnim’s Die Kronenwächter and Edward P. Jones’s The Known World
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Chapter 20. Romanticizing the Everyday: Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower
  • Notes
  • Chapter 21. Double Trouble: Uncanny Secrets in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s and Otto Ludwig’s Das Fräulein von Scuderi
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • List of Publications
  • Books
  • Articles and Chapters in Books
  • Electronic Publications
  • Encyclopedia Articles
  • Introduction to Volumes
  • Translations
  • Book Reviews

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Joseph Acquisto University of Vermont

Beate Allert Purdue University

Jane Ambrose University of Vermont

Z. Philip Ambrose University of Vermont

Ehrhard Bahr University of California at Los Angeles

Jacques Bailly University of Vermont

Jake Barickman University of Vermont

Philip Baruth University of Vermont

Gideon Bavly University of Vermont

Paul Bishop University of Glasgow

Arnd Bohm Carleton University

Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken Frankfurter Goethe-Haus

Adriana Borra University of Vermont

Antonello Borra University of Vermont

Kathrin Bower University of Richmond

Tony Bradley University of Vermont ← VII | VIII →

Wolfram Bublitz Universität Augsburg

John Burke University of Vermont

Elena Carter University of Vermont

Antonio Cepeda-Benito University of Vermont

Angeline Chiu University of Vermont

Anne Clark University of Vermont

Susan Comerford University of Vermont

Roger Cooke University of Vermont

Patricia Corcoran University of Vermont

Heike Doane Cary, North Carolina

Bill Doucette Boise, Idaho

Bruce Duncan Dartmouth College

Lothar Ehrlich Weimar

Meaghan Emery University of Vermont

Matthias Erben Halle a.d. Saale

Tina Escaja University of Vermont

Marc Estrin Burlington, Vermont

Hermann Fischer Sankt Andreasberg

Richard Fisher Lake Forest College

Uwe Fliegauf Stuttgart

Gregory Gause University of Vermont

Hans Vilmar Geppert Universität Augsburg

Joel Goldberg University of Vermont

Robert Gordon University of Vermont

Itzik Gottesman University of Texas at Austin

Eva-Maria Goy Bourgnac, France

Hope Greenberg University of Vermont

Cordula Grewe University of Pennsylvania

Arved Grieshaber Horben im Breisgau

Ute Grieshaber Horben im Breisgau

Lutz Grumbach Halle a.d. Saale

Melanie Gustafson University of Vermont ← VIII | IX →

Huck Gutman University of Vermont

Donald Haase Wayne State University

Dietmar Freiherr von Hardenberg Timmdorf

James Hardin University of South Carolina

Reiner Haseloff Ministerpräsident des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt Magdeburg

Charlotte Heinrich Wiesbaden

Martha Helfer University of Utah

Theresia Hoeck University of Vermont

Gerhart Hoffmeister University of California at Santa Barbara

Janet Besserer Holmgren Williamstown, Massachusetts

Jonathan Huener University of Vermont

Pat Hutton University of Vermont

Günter Isfort Herdecke

Major Jackson University of Vermont

David Jenemann University of Vermont

Edward P. Jones Washington, D.C.

Mary Louise Kete University of Vermont

Kathleen Kelleher University of Vermont

Kate Kenny University of Vermont

Helmut Koopmann Universität Augsburg

Daniel Krymkowski University of Vermont

Anne Marie Kubacz Jackson, New Jersey

Randy Kubacz Jackson, New Jersey

Arthur Kunin University of Vermont

Alice Kuzniar University of Waterloo

Fabian Lampart Universität Götingen

Richard Langston University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Edward Larkin University of New Hampshire

Lise Larose University of Vermont

Henny Lewin Amherst, Massachusetts ← IX | X →

Richard Littlejohns University of Leicester

Lokangaka Losambe University of Vermont

Heiner Lück Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Daniel Lusk University of Vermont

Paul Michael Lützeler Washington University

Tony Magistrale University of Vermont

Angelika Mahoney Burlington, Vermont

Aran Mahoney Burlington, Vermont

Daniel Mahoney East Meadow, New York

Juliet Frances Mahoney Jackson, New Jersey

Bernadette Malinowski Universität Augsburg

Luther H. Martin University of Vermont

David Massell University of Vermont

Bettina Matthias Middlebury College

Juan Francisco Maura University of Vermont

Cristina Mazzoni University of Vermont

Kevin McKenna University of Vermont

William Metcalfe University of Vermont

Barbara Mieder Williston, Vermont

Wolfgang Mieder University of Vermont

William Mierse University of Vermont

Brian Minier University of Vermont

Christine Möller-Sahling Boston, Massachusetts

George Moyser University of Vermont

Jo Anne Murad University of Vermont

Timothy Murad University of Vermont

Kristina Muxfeldt Yale University

Christopher S. Myers Peter Lang Publishing, New York

Kenneth Nalibow University of Vermont

Garrison Nelson University of Vermont

David Neiweem University of Vermont

Hilary Neroni University of Vermont ← X | XI →

Frank Nicosia University of Vermont

Gerd Nietsch Köln

Annemarie Nietsch Memmingen

Günter Nietsch Memmingen

Oliver Nietsch Köln

Wolfram Nietsch Mainz

Andreas Nolte Jericho, Vermont

Gayle Nunley University of Vermont

James Overfield University of Vermont

William Paden University of Vermont

Betsy Pennebaker Burlington, Vermont

Agnieszka Perlinska Williston, Vermont

Gordon Petersen Burlington, Vermont

Mark Pomar Moscow

Klaus Post Universität Augsburg

David Pugh Queen’s University

Veronica Richel University of Vermont

Hans-Gert Roloff Freie Universität Berlin

Gabriele Rommel Oberwiederstedt

Sheila Mahoney Roncaglio East Hampton, New York

Rodney Roncaglio East Hampton, New York

David Rosowsky University of Vermont

John Sama University of Vermont

Jeffrey Sammons Yale University

Nicholas Saul University of Durham

Ulrich Scheck Queen’s University

Susanna Schrafstetter University of Vermont

Helga Schreckenberger University of Vermont

Gerhard Schulz University of Melbourne

Susan Schürer Susquehanna University

Kathleen Scollins University of Vermont

David Scrase University of Vermont ← XI | XII →

Petra Sehnert Oberwiederstedt

Hans-Georg Sehrt Halle a.d. Saale

André Senécal Boise, Idaho

Mary Lou Shea University of Vermont

David Shiman University of Vermont

Ellis Shookman Dartmouth College

Thomas Simone University of Vermont

Douglas Smith Seattle, Washington

Janet Sobieski Boise, Idaho

Emily Socolov Austin, Texas

Hans-Peter Sommer Hettstedt

Kevork Spartalian University of Vermont

Ulrich Stadler Universität Zürich

Hartmut Steinecke Universität Paderborn

Alan Steinweis University of Vermont

R.H. Stephenson University of Glasgow

Guy Stern Wayne State University

Claudia Stockinger Universität Göttingen

Mark Stoler University of Vermont

Richard Sugarman University of Vermont

Thomas Sullivan University of Vermont

Robert Taylor University of Vermont

Olga Trokhimenko University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Herbert Uerlings Universität Trier

Mark Usher University of Vermont

Hans Rudolf Vaget Smith College

Luis A. Vivanco University of Vermont

Peter VonDoepp University of Vermont

Helen Wagg Burlington, Vermont

Gerald Wahrlich Oberwiederstaedt

Jim Walker Elizabethtown, New York

Michael Walston University of Vermont ← XII | XIII →

Marcy Waterfall Burlington, Vermont

Tin Weigel University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill

Janet Whatley University of Vermont

Harvey Amani Whitfield University of Vermont

W. Daniel Wilson University of London

Wolfgang Wittkowski Slingerlands, New York

Beatrice Wood University of Vermont

Jared Wood Burlington, Vermont

Denise Youngblood University of Vermont

Hubert Zapf Universität Augsburg

Theodore Ziolkowski Princeton University

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Ever since Prof. Dennis Mahoney joined the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont in the fall of 1979, he has been an exemplary and much-appreciated instructor for his undergraduate and graduate students, a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of not only German Classicism and Romanticism but also Film Studies, and a model citizen of the university and the profession at large. He is an intellectual in the best sense of that word, he is an acclaimed scholar, a truly dedicated teacher and caring mentor, a committed member of the university and the greater Burlington community, and, last but not least, a treasured colleague and trusted friend. He is also one of the most noble, kind, and decent human beings, whose demeanor and deeds exemplify Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s imperative:

Edel sei der Mensch,

Hilfreich und gut!

Denn das allein

Unterscheidet ihn

Von allen Wesen,

Die wir kennen.

Noble be man,

Helpful and good!

For that alone


XXVI, 339
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2015 (July)
literary life accomplishments international education
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2015. 339 pp.

Biographical notes

Wolfgang Mieder (Volume editor)

Wolfgang Mieder is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont, where he has taught for many years together with his colleague and friend Dennis F. Mahoney. Mieder is known for his proverb studies: some of his more recent books include «Making a Way Out of No Way»: Martin Luther King’s Sermonic Proverbial Rhetoric (2010), Proverbs Are Never Out of Season: Popular Wisdom in the Modern Age (2012), and «All Men and Women Are Created Equal»: Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s and Susan B. Anthony’s Proverbial Rhetoric Promoting Women’s Rights (2015).


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