Theatre, training, and life in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister


  • Marco Aurelio Werle Universidad de São Paulo
  • Carlos Enrique Restrepo Universidad de Antioquia



Modern Drama, German National Theatre, Training, Bildungsroman, Actor, Public, Life.


This article presents a study of Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s apprenticeship, particularly of The years of learning with respect to the genre that romanticism defined as a “novel of education” (Bildungsroman). It also takes into consideration the initial version of the novel, titled The theatrical calling. The fundamental issue is that of being formed by the theater, which is much more than just an artistic ideal because it involves the identification of theater and life, which determines the work of formation as based on freedom.

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Author Biographies

Marco Aurelio Werle, Universidad de São Paulo

Departamento de Filosofía
São Paulo, Brasil

Carlos Enrique Restrepo , Universidad de Antioquia

Instituto de Filosofía
Universidad de Antioquia
Medellín, Colombia


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How to Cite

Werle, M. A., & Restrepo , C. E. (2013). Theatre, training, and life in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister. Estudios De Filosofía, (47), 107–119.



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