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Romanticism, Aesthetics, and Nationalism : Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - David Aram Kaiser

Romanticism, Aesthetics, and Nationalism

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521630009
Number Of Pages: 172

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This ambitious study argues that our modern conception of the aesthetic sphere emerged during the era of British and German Romanticism from conflicts between competing models of the liberal state and the cultural nation. The aesthetic sphere is thus centrally connected to 'aesthetic statism', which is the theoretical project of reconciling conflicts in the political sphere by appealing to the unity of the symbol. David Kaiser traces the trajectory of aesthetic statism from Schiller and Coleridge, through Arnold, Mill and Ruskin, to Adorno and Habermas. He analyses how the concept of aesthetic autonomy shifts from being a supplement to the political sphere to an end in itself; this shift lies behind the problems that contemporary literary theory has faced in its attempts to connect the aesthetic and political spheres. Finally, he suggests that we rethink the aesthetic sphere in order to regain that connection.

List of abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Modernity, subjectivity, liberalism, and nationalismp. 11
The symbol and the aesthetic spherep. 28
Schiller's aesthetic statep. 39
Symbol, state, and Clerisy: the aesthetic politics of Coleridgep. 59
The best self and the private self: Matthew Arnold on culture and the statep. 74
Aesthetic kingship and queenship: Ruskin on the state and the homep. 92
The aesthetic and political spheres in contemporary theory: Adorno and Habermasp. 111
Notesp. 137
Indexp. 152
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ISBN: 9780521630009
ISBN-10: 0521630002
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 13th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.43