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TitelGoethe and Environmentalism: Special Section of the 2014 Goethe Yearbook
BeschreibungCFP for a Special Section of the 2014 Goethe Yearbook
Goethe and Environmentalism
Guest Editors: Dalia Nassar and Luke Fischer

Over the past few decades, new movements have emerged in literary studies and philosophy (ecocriticism, ecopoetics, environmental philosophy etc.) that are concerned with the relationship between humanity and the natural environment, and the cultural dimension of the environmental crisis. While much attention has been given to the environmental legacy of romanticism, only a small amount of scholarship has focused on Goethe. In light of the central significance of nature in Goethe’s literary, theoretical and scientific texts, it could be argued that Goethe was a major forerunner of the environmental movement and that his ideas continue to be relevant in the present context. The aim of this special section of the Goethe Yearbook is to bring together various perspectives on Goethe’s relevance for environmental thought and, more specifically, to shed light on the environmental significance of Goethe’s legacy and on the potential of his ideas to contribute to contemporary debates in the environmental humanities. We welcome the submission of articles on Goethe’s significance for the following topics:

Environmental aesthetics
Environmental philosophy
Environmental ethics
Environmental management
Goethe’s legacy in the environmental movement
Environmental activism

Submission deadline: March 31, 2014
Please send submissions to guest editors at:

Please note that, in addition to this special section, we will continue to publish contributions on all aspects of Goethezeit literature and culture in the next yearbook. We hope to hear from many of you and particularly welcome contributions by younger scholars. Please send submissions to Elisabeth Krimmer, and Adrian Daub,

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