Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Novelle Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Bennett, E. K. A History of the German Novelle, revised by H. M. Waidson. London: Cambridge University Press, 1961, 315 p.

Examines the beginnings and development of the novella genre in Germany; includes remarks on Goethe's piece.

Clouser, Robin. “Ideas of Utopia in Goethe's Novelle.Publications of the English Goethe Society 49 (1978-79): 1-44.

Argues that Novelle was written to give expression to Goethe's ideal society and political structure that would only be realized when mankind learned self-discipline and overcame its irrational fears.

Finger, Ellis. “Indirect Narration and Characterization in Goethe's Novelle and Klassische Walpurgisnacht.” Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift für Germanische Sprach und Literaturwissenschaft 10 (1976-77): 15-24.

Maintains that Goethe experimented with themes and styles in his Novelle that he would later use in the concluding scene of Faust.

Rowland, Herbert. “Chaos and Art in Goethe's Novelle.” Goethe Yearbook: Publications of the Goethe Society of North America 8 (1996): 93-119.

Asserts that the themes of Goethe's Novelle are best understood if viewed in the context of modern scientific chaos theory.

Swales, Martin W. “The Threatened Society: Some Remarks on Goethe's Novelle.” In Publications of the English Goethe Society: Papers Read Before the Society 1967–8 38 (1967–8): 43-68.

Claims that one important lesson in Novelle is that the more sophisticated and disciplined a society is, the more that society secretly wishes to experience “the antithesis of its own way of life.”

Weing, Siegfried. “The Genesis of Goethe's Definition of the Novelle.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 81, No. 4 (October 1982): 492-508.

Illustrates Goethe's definition of the Novelle with several of his works in the genre.

Additional coverage of Goethe's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; DISCovering Authors Modules: Dramatists, Most-Studied Authors, Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 94; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 4, 22, 34; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 5; and World Literature Criticism.