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 (gœ′tə), Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832.
German writer and scientist. A master of poetry, drama, and the novel, he spent 50 years on his two-part dramatic poem Faust (published 1808 and 1832). He also conducted scientific research in various fields, notably botany, and held several governmental positions.

Goe′the·an (-tē-ən) adj.
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Adj.1.Goethean - of or relating to or in the manner of Goethe
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Jung (1961/1973; 2009) reports that during a dream, the figure of Philemon came flying to him (mythological and Goethean character from Faust).
This is how in comparative literary studies significantly informed by the Goethean paradigm of world literature, particularly in its earlier phases in the twentieth century, the interaction of national literatures was investigated in such a way that they were hierarchically organized with the West and its Latin Christian literatures placed at the center and top (45).
One can identify the residues of this Goethean postulation in Soloveitchik's philosophy: "Halakhic man is not a man of words" (Soloveitchik, 1983: 86).
After this extensive description of the realization of his cosmopolitan identity based on the Goethean cultural elective affinities, it is probably easier to understand Debeljak's despair during the 1990s, in which the country he idealized fell apart before his eyes.
Furthermore, Ellis objects that I have neglected the central Goethean motif of the "Hutte" or "cottage." Now, any Goethe scholar worth his or her salt is familiar with Leonard Willoughby's 1951 study of the image of the "Wanderer" and the "Hut" in Goethe's poetry; although I have not literally cited the "hut" or "cottage," it seems to me that most of the associations with which Goethe freights the image are included here: "peaceful meadow," "simple life," "daily round," "small world," "safely hedged around."
He believed that there was such a thing as a "German democracy" and to think that the phrase must refer to "some outlandish kind of foreign humbug [was] mere childishness." (124) For Mann, the solution to Germany's ills was to link the better aspects of Germany's past (the Goethean era of culture and intellectual experience) with the promise of the Weimar future (democracy), taking the first steps towards liberation and rehabilitation.
Baker explains how Mary Moody Emerson searched for truth and intellectual self-cultivation; Garcia shows how Sophia Peabody felt her spirit rejuvenated in the paradise that was Cuba; Sotiropoulos examines how Fuller applied to herself "the central Goethean tenet of Bildung" (83); Gardner rediscovers Highgate's engagement with "'unfolding the divinely human faculties of the self" (277); and Susan M.
An example is provided in the poem Enrich my resignation, where Crane wishes time to end, as a return to the peace of the fathers, possibly conceived of by him as a Lethean ethereal realm of pure rest-like a kind of Nirvana; or as a Goethean complementary reflex of the primordial "mothers," Goethe's "Urmutter," who were supposed by Goethe to have created all of reality:
Blum's southward pilgrimage in Passus 1 recall's Goethe's Italian Journey, and he acknowledged that the whole conception of the "beneficent south" ("die weldadige suide": Blum, Briewe 184) was Goethean. On the heights of the Germano-Italian watershed, and expecting wonders, the young northerner is at first disappointed by the "sonnige suide" ("sunny south").
Contrasting the modern bildungsroman with "the mass type" of novels, which offers "the image of the ready-made hero," Bakhtin finds in the Goethean bildungsroman (or "the novel of emergence") "an image of man in the process of becoming": "Changes in the hero acquire plot significance, and thus the entire plot of the novel is reinterpreted and reconstructed.
Representative for this perspective are Romantic suicides following the Goethean model of young Werther, but also the forms-without-substance theory, as well as bureaucracy in all its forms and glory.