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34 John Pizer On Goethe's rejection of this trend, and on its putative spread through the mass media in the present age, see Ulrich Weisstein, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory: Survey and Introduction, trans. William Riggan and Ulrich Weisstein (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1973), 19. R. Hohlfeld, "Goethe's Conception of World Literature;' Fifty Years with Goethe, 1901-1951 (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1953),343. 12 According to Peter Weber, "Funktionsvershindnis in Goethes Auffassung von Weltliteratur;' in Funktion der Literatur: Aspekte, Probleme, Aufgaben, eds.

The same is true for the spirituallife of "literatureless peoples:, as we might calI them, whose ethnie individuality should not be impinged upon by the wrong kind of missionary zeal; rather, it is our dutY to protect it honestly and preserve it, if possible, in its purity. (From this comparative-polyglot standpoint should be considered the ukaz of the Censorship Office of the Russian Ministry of the Interior of May 16, 1876 [ ... ] which prohibits the literary use of the Ukrainian language. ) To impede the folk literature of a people would me an to destroy arbitrarily an important expression of the human spirit.

As we noted, when Goethe first coined the term Weltliteratur in 1827, he believed that the Germans would have an honorable role in this process. The world's nations appear to Goethe to cast their gaze at Germany, praising and criticizing, imitating and rejecting its output. Germany's national literature is derived from quite heterogeneous elements, unified only through its composition in a language which is gradually bringing to light the immanent quality of the German people. Goethe tacitly assumes Germany, in his age, lacks both military-physical and ethicalaesthetic cohesion (14:908-9).

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