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"The introductory essay is superb, the best short introduction to Romanticism I know. It is comprehensive, covering both the wide range of spheres that Romanticism affected--literature, philosophy, art, music, politics, nationalism--and the broad spectrum of European countries in which it was an influential cultural current. It offers a distinctive, unified interpretation of Romanticism that nonetheless does justice to the complexities of Romantic ideas." --Gerald Izenberg, Washington University in St. Louis
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"The complexity and range of European Romanticism cannot be conveyed to students by assigning only one or two texts; at the same time, students need a clear and confident guide if they are not going to become lost in a maze of texts and interpretations. Breckman's book meets these competing demands. His Introduction, in particular, provides one of the clearest and most coherent accounts of Romanticism that I have ever read, one that is informed by recent trends in literary criticism and philosophy but that keeps its focus firmly on the Romantics themselves." --George Williamson, University of Alabama
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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 is the Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. A cultural and intellectual historian of modern Europe, his other books include Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory (1999) and Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-marxism and Radical Democracy (2013). He is the executive co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas.
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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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