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German Romantic Literary Theory : Studies in Rationality and Social Change - Ernst Behler

German Romantic Literary Theory

Studies in Rationality and Social Change

By: Ernst Behler, H. B. Nisbet (Editor), Martin Swales (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521325851
Number Of Pages: 372

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The emergence of a new theory of literature in the German Romantic period constituted a decisive turning point in the history of criticism. A view of the literary work and the artistic process developed that diverged sharply from the dominant classicist understanding of aesthetics and poetics. It recognized the infinite changeablility of genres, and asserted the rights of genius and creative imagination. Professor Behler provides a new account of this crucial movement, illustrating each theoretical topic with close reference to a characteristic work by a major writer of the period.

"...Behler's presentation of the principle themes, interests, and projects of the Jena Romantics and their counterparts in Berlin is thorough and well-grounded. The book's six chapters offer a rich and often finely nuanced portrayal of the blend of philosophy and literature, antiquarian interest and missionary zeal, clear-eyed awareness of concrete reality and fantastic specualtion, that in various ways informs the perspective of early Romanticism." German Quarterly "...German Romantic literary theory remains refreshingly unbiased and accessible." The Wordsworth Circle "This volume is engagingly constructed and written. ...Behler's in-depth familiarity with the span of the Schlegels' careers makes this volume unigue among investigations of Romantic theory." Monatshefte "Ernst Behler's German Romantic Literary Theory is written in plain and understandable English. This fact and the author's intimate knowledge of his subject render the book a good introduction into Early Romanticism." Thomas Wolber, Germanic Notes and Reviews "...Behler presents an in-depth analysis of the thought and literature of the major proponents of early German Romanticism." Jonathan Alexander, South Central Review "Romantic scholars as well as any one interested in the impact of the Romantic movement will benefit from this important study." Bettina Brandt, German Studies Review

List of abbreviations
Chronology of early Romanticism
Formation and main representatives of early Romanticism in Germany
Poetry in the early Romantic theory of the Schlegel brothers
The theory of Romantic poetry
Novalis and the mystical dimension of early Romantic theory
Wackenroder's and Tieck's conceptions of painting and music
Theory of language, hermeneutics, and encyclopaedistics
Conclusion: early German Romanticism and literary modernity
Index of works cited
Index of subjects and names
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ISBN: 9780521325851
ISBN-10: 0521325854
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 28th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62