Internationales Jahrbuch für Editionswissenschaft
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Ein „buntes, wunderbares, sehr verschiedenartiges Ganzes“ – Goethes thematische Faszikel und neue Möglichkeiten ihrer Edition
The article focuses on the fascicle manuscripts of Goethe’s literary estate and investigates different ways of their edition. Goethe usually put letters and papers in a systematic order by himself, filing them in topics relevant to him for further use. For example, among his own manuscripts on scientific issues there are also letters from and to scientists such as Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Carl Gustav Carus and Leopold Dorotheus Henning that belong to the same topic. However, there are also files compiled by Goethe himself that assemble letters received, diary notes and various other personal documents (i.e. three fascicles that keep records of his third journey to Switzerland in 1797). For a historicalcritical edition, these fascicles are particularly challenging because they are incommensurable with the traditional genres and conventional approaches to editing texts, by chronology and themes. The new Research Project of the Academy’s Programme „Propyläen. Forschungsplattform zu Goethes Biographica“, launched by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, establishes, for the first time, the basis for creating a complete digital edition, and therefore offers the opportunity to give consideration also to Goethe’s way of compilation.