Interviewing Valentin Groebner

Hole Rößler

The research project “Bildpolitik – Das Autorenporträt als ikonische Autorisierung”, or “Image politics – the author’s portrait as an iconic authorization” inaugurates a new format: “Politics of the image in conversation”. The research groups had its first interview with Valentin Groebner....

Valentin Groebner porträtiert von einem Neunjährigen.

Goodbye Weimar!

Alexander Mortimore

So, the end of a very enjoyable and enriching stay in Weimar beckons. As the old adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun! It certainly doesn’t seem too long since I landed in Erfurt.

Since my last entry, I have travelled to Wolfenbüttel with members of the KSW. There, I had a tour...

Goethes „Home-Office"

Fire-breathing dragons on foam wedge cushions – a lesson in handling a psalter

Friederike Wolpert

In the reading room at the Bibliotheca Augusta – the main library building of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel – researchers work with the research library's manuscript collections. I had ordered Cod. Guelf. 1147 Helmst., a fifteenth-century psalter and prayer book. The manuscript...

Detail of a dragon and initial in the Cod. Guelf. 1147 Helmst., a psalter from the 15th century.


Swantje Dogunke

Digital 3-D modelling can be useful for presenting the results of projects funded by the MWW Research Association. A digital rendering of Goethe’s library, for example, can reveal his classification of knowledge, or a virtual exhibition of all the Goethe busts can provide a direct and more...

One step on the way to a 3-D scan.

Inside Weimar - You wish walls could talk

Alexander Mortimore

Nestled in the heart of Weimar, opposite the Deutsches Nationaltheater and statue of Goethe and Schiller, is the Wittumspalais. From the outside, this erstwhile residence of Duchess Anna Amalia appears fairly inconspicuous. Yet, its walls once contained a hive of artistic and intellectual...

The Round Table Room in the Wittumspalais.

“Are you competing?” – Publishers in competition around 1900

Philip Ajouri

Goethe’s novel fragment Wilhelm Meisters theatralische Sendung (`Wilhelm Meister’s Theatrical Mission’, written between 1777 and 1785) was believed to be lost for many years. It was discovered in Zurich in December 1909 when a student brought the manuscript into class and asked his teacher...

What role did legal and economic conditions play in the publication of classical literature around 1900? A telegram, stored in the archive at the Insel Verlag, provides a fascinating clue. It indicates how far publishers were willing to go to secure the first publication rights of a Goethe text. (Telegram from Adolf Kaegi to Anton Kippenberg, 17 March 1910, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, A:Insel).

The Hound Pants and the Stag Bells - How images influence our understanding of psalms

Ursula Kundert

When translating, it is not always easy to find the perfect balance between producing a faithful reproduction of an original and expressing it in a contemporary form. With regard to a poetic book of the Bible, e. g. the Psalms, faithful reproduction also means expressing the formal...

Event poster for a concert on 24 October 2011 by the North Hessian Chamber Choir featuring Psalm 42,2 set to music, based on Luther’s and English translations.