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As the nineteenth century began, western Europe was swept by one of the great cultural shifts of the modern era: the Romantic movement. Warren Breckman's volume examines the history of Romanticism as a political, literary, and philosophical movement that exerted a significant influence on modern attitudes toward art, science, and religion. Incorporating both creative and critical writings from English, German, French, and Italian Romantic authors, as well as visual art of the Romantic era, Breckman demonstrates the crucial role of emergent nationalism within the Romantic movement, but also makes clear the transnational connections that made Romanticism a movement of international scope. This complex and wide-ranging cultural phenomenon is made accessible for undergraduates by an extensive introduction and contextualized by clear document headnotes. A chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography provide further resources for students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312450236
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Series: The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

WARREN BRECKMAN (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been awarded the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching. A cultural and intellectual historian of modern Europe, his other books include Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians and the Origins of Radical Social Theory (1999) and a forthcoming study of twentieth-century post-Marxist French political philosophy. Breckman has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and a visiting scholar at the ƒcole des Hautes ƒtudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and he has received fellowships from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



List of Illustrations


Romanticism and the Eighteenth-Century Legacy

Revolution as Cultural Catalyst: Romanticism, 1795–1805

Transitions in English and German Romanticism

French Romanticism

European Romanticism

Romantic Nationalism



1. Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, Of Two Wonderful Languages and Their Mysterious Power, 1797

2. Novalis, Christianity or Europe: A Fragment, 1799

3. William Wordsworth, Preface to "Lyrical Ballads," 1800

4. William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, 1798

5. Friedrich Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragment No. 116, 1798

6. Friedrich Schlegel, On Incomprehensibility, 1800

7. François-René de Chateaubriand, The Genius of Christianity, 1802

8. Karoline von Günderrode, Idea of the Earth, ca. 1806

9. Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Faust, Part I, 1808

10. August Wilhelm Schlegel, Lectures on Dramatic Arts and Letter, 1808

11. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, What is a People in the Higher Meaning of the Word, and What Is Love of Fatherland? 1808

12. Adam Heinrich Müller, Elements of Statecraft, 1809

13. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Beethoven’s Instrumental Music, 1813

14. Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël, The Spirit of Translation, 1816

15. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, 1818

16. Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821

17. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni, 1816

18. Stendhal, The Salon of 1824, 1824

19. Jacques-Louis David, The Sabine Women, 1796–1799

20. Victor Hugo, Preface to "Cromwell," 1827

21. Giuseppe Mazzini, The Duties of Man, 1844

22. Jules Michelet, Our Native Land: Are Nationalities About to Disappear? 1846


A Chronology of European Romanticism (1789–1848)

Questions for Consideration

Selected Bibliography


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