Georg Lukacs

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In existographies, Georg Lukacs (70 BE-16 AE) (1885-1971 ACM) (CR:4) (LH:1) (TL:5) was a Hungarian philosopher and German literature historian, noted for []


Lukacs, in his 1930 to 1950 essays, was an early Elective Affinities “humanities scholar” content analyzer.[1] Lukacs work in this area were influential to Carl Krockel (2007).


Quotes | Employed

The following are quotes employed by Lukacs:

Elective Affinities is genuinely magnificent and lasting influential.”
— Author (c.1920), Publications; cited by Georg Lukacs (1950) in German Realists (pg. 387) [2]

Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Lukacs:

George Eliot’s appraisal of Goethe as ‘the man who helps us to raise to a lofty point of observation, so that we may see things in their relative proportions’ is comparable to Georg Lukacs’ characterization of Goethe’s ‘consistently thought-out systemization of these relationships, contrasts and nuances, and his ability to transform all these features into a vivid plot with can characterize them’. For Lukacs, in the plot of Die Wahlverwandtschaften Goethe comes closest to the designs of the nineteenth-century realist novel, of which Middlemarch is the supreme example. The chemical theory is the structural backbone of Goethe and George Eliot’s realism. Chemicals are only electively affined when their attraction excludes other chemicals. In his narrative Goethe uses the framework of two pairs of lovers, whose attraction to different aspects of each other reveals their psychological ‘properties’. Eduard and Charlotte are married, having known each other since childhood; the Hauptmann arrives, and links up with Eduard in their horticultural plans while excluding Charlotte for being too fanciful. Charlotte is satisfied by the arrival of the childlike Ottilie, and is also finding her own measured nature in affinity with the Hauptmann’s. Meanwhile, Ottilie appeals to Eduard’s childlike side, but the Hauptmann finds her ideas disturbing. And so the narrative continues. In Middlemarch, George Eliot systematically elaborates on what Goethe only suggests in Die Wahlverwandtschaften, since each of her four characters is also bound to wider social relationships through affinity.”
— Carl Krockel (2007), D.H. Lawrence and Germany: the Politics of Influence [3]

End matter


  1. EA:IAD Project background (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
  2. Lukacs, Georg. (1950). German Realists in the Nineteenth Century (Elective Affinities, 37+ pgs). MIT Press, 2000.
  3. Krockel, Carl. (2007). D.H. Lawrence and Germany: the Politics of Influence (pgs. 21-22). Rodopi.

Further reading

  • Lukacs, Georg. (1968). Goethe and His Age. Publisher.

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