AL-96-1 -- General Encyclopedias


Bibliographie Gustav Theodor Fechner [Gustav Theodor Fechner Bibliography]. Irene Altmann. Leipzig: Verlag im Wissenschaftszentrum for the Gustav-Theodor-Fechner-Gesellschaft, 1995. 112 p. ill. 21 cm. ISBN 3-930433-03-6: DM 44.50. (Verlag . . ., Goldschmidtstr. 26, D-04103 Leipzig)

Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887), one of the founders of experimental psychology, belongs to those interdisciplinary scholars (he ranged from the natural sciences through psychology to philosophy) who, never entirely forgotten, have become objects of in creasing attention in recent years. The astonishing amount of English-language secondary literature in this bibliography attests to Anglo-American interest in Fechner. For primary literature Altmann was able to draw on Rudolph Miller's Chronologische Verzeichnis der Werke und Abhandlungen G. Th. Fechners) as well as on the works themselves. Even so, the information she provides is often regrettably inexact. Inexplicable is the paucity of references to reviews of Fechner's work, especially when one considers the amount of d iscussion generated by his Hauslexikon alone. [os/nb]


Gustav Theodor Fechner und sein Hauslexikon, 1834 bis 1838: ein Beitrag zur Fechner-Biographie und zur Geschichte der enzyklopädischen Literatur in Deutschland [Gustav Theodor Fechner and his Household Encyclopedia, 1834-1838: A Contribution to Fechner's Biography and to the History of Encyclopedic Literature in Germany]. Hans-Jürgen Arendt. Leipzig: Verlag im Wissenschaftszentrum for the Gustav-Theodor-Fechner-Gesellschaft, 1994. 92 leaves. ill. 21 cm. DM 8.00

In taking up a work that has been almost ignored by the secondary literature on Fechner, Arendt has made an important contribution to research on "sub-literary" texts, or "infraliterature." With great narrative skill he portrays Fechner's personality and his friendship with the publisher Hermann Hartel, as well as the genesis of his Hauslexikon, a collection of a lphabetically arranged articles on domestic, agricultural, economic, and medical themes. Arendt's meticulous research and fluent writing deserve a better physical presentation than that provided by thermal binding and unevenly sized pages. This is an impo rtant contribution to the otherwise largely neglected history of nineteenth century encyclopedias. [os/nb]

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