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Models of Wholeness

Some Attitudes to Language, Art and Life in the Age of Goethe


Jeremy Adler, Martin Swales and Ann Weaver

This volume assembles thirteen essays by two of the greatest British Germanists, Elizabeth Mary Wilkinson and Leonard Ashley Willoughby. The essays are presented chronologically from 1942 to 1969 and offer extraordinary insights into Goethe’s works and Schiller’s aesthetics. They demonstrate the ways in which and the extent to which Wilkinson and Willoughby in their thirty-five years of collaboration reshaped the study of Goethe and Schiller in the United Kingdom with their combination of critical intelligence, historical awareness and literary panache. These essays are fresh and immediate – not simply because Wilkinson and Willoughby wrote so well, but also because their arguments have much to contribute to literary studies in the present Age of Theory. By their analyses they show how Goethe and Schiller provide us with intellectual models and an understanding of the importance of art for life. ‘Wholeness’ is the key concept which permeates these essays; it is testimony to what criticism can achieve when the whole man and the whole woman act in unison.
Contents: Elizabeth M. Wilkinson: The Wholeness of Mind and Medium – L.A. Willoughby: The Image of Horse and Charioteer – L.A. Willoughby: ‘Wanderer’ and ‘Hut’ – L.A. Willoughby: Schiller on Man’s Education to Freedom through Knowledge – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson: Schiller - Poet or Philosopher? – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson/L.A. Willoughby: ‘The Blind Man’ and the Poet – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson/L.A. Willoughby: Goethe’s ‘Pindar’ Letter to Herder, July 1772 – L.A. Willoughby: ‘Name ist Schall und Rauch...’? – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson: The Inexpressible and the Un-speakable – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson: Schiller and the Gutenberg Galaxy – L.A. Willoughby: Oscar Wilde and Goethe – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson/L.A. Willoughby: ‘Having and Being’, or Bourgeois versus Nobility – Elizabeth M. Wilkinson/L.A. Willoughby: ‘The Whole Man’ in Schiller’s Theory of Culture and Society.