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German Romantic Literary Theory (Cambridge Studies in German Romantic Literary Theory)

Ernst Behler

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ISBN 10: 0521325854 / ISBN 13: 9780521325851
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1993
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Title: German Romantic Literary Theory (Cambridge ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

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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. Prepared by new trends in critical thought during the latter half of the eighteenth century, a view of the literary work and the artistic process developed which diverged sharply from the dominant classicist understanding of aesthetics and poetics. It recognised the infinite changeability of genres, their constant mingling, and the frequent emergence of new literary forms, and asserted the rights of genius and creative imagination. It was also characterised by its intimate connection with the prevailing philosophy of its time, transcendental idealism. 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

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