Dr. Bernhard Fischer: October 3rd-4th Presentation and Lecture/Workshop…

Princeton University
Department of German presents:

Dr. Bernhard Fischer, Director, Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassick Foundation, Weimar Visiting Scholar
Following his 1985 PhD thesis on Thomas Bernhard, Fischer was head of the Cotta‐Archive at the German Literature
Archive (DLA), Marbach/N. from 1992–2007, and since then the Director of the Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassik
Foundation in Weimar. He has published extensively on German literature and the history of ideas in the 18th-20th
century as well as on the history of publishing.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 207 East Pyne (German Dept Lounge)
Brown Bag Presentation (lunch provided)

“Johann Friedrich Cotta: Publisher-Statesman-Entrepreneur”
Dr. Fischer, author of the much-lauded 1000-page biography of Cotta published in 2014 on the occasion of his 250th birthday, will give an introduction to this enormously important (but in the USA all-too-little-known) figure who was the most significant German publisher of all time. At once a remarkable visionary, a major philanthropist and thoroughly political figure, Cotta is also a striking example of how one can take charge of and transform one’s own life.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location:Firestone Library, Dept. of Rare Books & Special Collections, C-Floor, Small Classroom

“Goethe’s Autograph Collection/Goethe’s Hands”
A Lecture/Workshop using original Goethe manuscripts from the Benno Elkan Collection of Goetheana in the Manuscripts Division Through a reading of Goethe’s collection of autographs, Dr. Fischer will explore the status of the handwritten manuscript in the age of its high-quality digital reproducibility. This will be complemented by a careful, hands‐on examination of original Goethe manuscripts as a means to grasp what sort of cultural information they convey, the “aura of the authenticity” that envelopes such objects, the “complex culturality” of manuscripts as well as various dimensions of lack that characterize their digital copies.

Both events are free and open to the public. To make appointments to speak with Dr. Fischer during his office hours please call 258-4141.