Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2008

Journal or Book Title

Goethe Yearbook

Volume

15

First Page

229

Last Page

231

DOI

10.1353/gyr.2008.0002

Abstract

Goethe did not coin the term Weltliteratur, as John Pizer notes in his introduction. This distinction appears to belong to Christoph Martin Wieland, who used it in undated notes to his translation of Horace’s letters. Because Wieland died fourteen years prior to Goethe’s first mention of the term in 1827, he would technically deserve credit for it.Another possible candidate is the lesser-known August Ludwig Schlözer, whose “Vorstellung der Universaltheorie” uses the term as early as 1772. Despite their advocates’ attempts to insert them into the history of Weltliteratur ,neither Wieland nor Schlözer plays a substantial role in the genealogy of this concept, Pizer argues, because Goethe’s engagement with this topic both set the tone of the discussion and continues to inform not only the question of “world literature” but also current interests in transnationalism and globalization.

Comments

This is a book review from Goethe Yearbook 15 (2008): 229, doi:10.1353/gyr.2008.0002. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Goethe Society of North America

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf