Goethe Yearbook

The Goethe Yearbook, first published in 1982, is the flagship publication of the Goethe Society and is dedicated to North American Goethe scholarship. 

The Yearbook aims above all to encourage and publish original English-language contributions to the understanding of Goethe and other authors of the Goethezeit, while also welcoming contributions from scholars around the world. The book review section seeks likewise to evaluate a wide selection of recent publications on the period, and should be of interest to all scholars of eighteenth-century literature.

Originally conceived as a vehicle for Goethe criticism in English during the Cold War political tensions, when the most prestigious Goethe publication, the Goethe-Jahrbuch, was not available to most Western scholars, the Yearbook subsequently gained the respect of the international community under the editorship of Thomas P. Saine. Under his successors, Simon Richter and Daniel Purdy, the Yearbook went to an annual publication schedule. From 2013 to 2017, the Yearbook was edited by Adrian Daub and Elisabeth Krimmer, and from 2018 to 2022 by Patricia Anne Simpson and Birgit Tautz.

Sarah Eldridge and Eleanor ter Horst are the current editors. Joseph O’Neil is the book review editor.

The Yearbook invites submissions in English or German on Goethe, his works, his contemporaries, or the period 1770-1832 in general. All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Yearbook’s style sheet. For more information on submissions see the Goethe Yearbook page on the Goethe Society of North America website: https://www.goethesociety.org/yearbook.

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