Eidos, No 8

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The bourgeois subject in Goethe’s Werther: Inactivity and failure. [Spanish]

Lucía Bodas Fernández.


Aesthetic, sociological and political analysis of Goethe’s work The misfortunes of the young Werther, departing from the aesthetic-literary thesis of Georg Lukács, clearly influenced by Friedrich Schiller, and from the considerations that the same Goethe brings later in his unfinished autobiography Poetry and Truth. The aim of this article is to realize a small study of the work but, specially, of the type of subject that its principal carácter exemplifies: the subject of the revolutionary bourgeois humanism, a kind of subject that we could depict in words of Lukács, as demonic an that, for its constitutive structure, is condemned to the failure of his vital expectations.


Alienation, german classicism, emancipation, existential failure, bourgeois humanism, revolution.


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Electronic ISSN: 2011-7477
Department of Humanities and Philosophy
Universidad del Norte
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