Fridays at four: Outrageous!

Literary scandals of the Romantic period

Frankfurt am Main: Goethe-Haus am Großen Hirschgraben




at 4 pm

German Romanticism Museum, Frankfurt Goethe House

Garden Hall, Entrance: Großer Hirschgraben 21

5 € plus museum admission
Limited number of participants. Registration requested. Tickets available at the museum box office.



Presentation, launch of the platform and talk about the digital museum project "Skandal-KULTUR reloaded - Literarische Affären INTERAKTIV" with Claudia Bamberg, Cornelia Ilbrig, Stefanie Konzelmann and Thomas Claus.

The Romantic period was a time of increased literary scandals. What began with Goethe's Sturm und Drang novel 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' (1774) continued with the early Romantic journal 'Athenaeum' (1798 - 1800), Friedrich Schlegel's novel Lucinde (1799), the affair surrounding Heinrich Heine and August von Platen, and Karl Gutzkow's novel 'Wally, die Zweiflerin' (1835).

The modern communication phenomenon of scandal emerged around 1800 in a phase of social liberalization and differentiation and was strongly reflected in literature. It also plays an important but also dangerous role in our digital society, which is why it is worth asking about its causes.

On the platform of the digital museum project 'Scandal CULTURE reloaded - Exploring Literary Affairs INTERACTIVELY', five historical literary scandals are presented and prepared for a young audience. In doing so, elements of the scandal culture of social media, which is omnipresent to us today, will be combined with an introduction to literary conditions around 1800 and critically reflected upon.

The platform, which will be presented and activated at the event, was created in collaboration with the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, filmmaker Thomas Claus, and students at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Keywords: Exhibition Concept