Lessons of Romanticism: A Critical Companion

Lessons of Romanticism: A Critical Companion

by Thomas Pfau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822320916

ISBN-13: 9780822320913

Pub. Date: 04/27/1998

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Moving beyond views of European Romanticism as an essentially poetic development, Lessons of Romanticism strives to strengthen a critical awareness of the genres, historical institutions, and material practices that comprised the culture of the period. This anthology—in recasting Romanticism in its broader cultural context—ranges across literary

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Moving beyond views of European Romanticism as an essentially poetic development, Lessons of Romanticism strives to strengthen a critical awareness of the genres, historical institutions, and material practices that comprised the culture of the period. This anthology—in recasting Romanticism in its broader cultural context—ranges across literary studies, art history, musicology, and political science and combines a variety of critical approaches, including gender studies, Lacanian analysis, and postcolonial studies.
With over twenty essays on such diverse topics as the aesthetic and pedagogical purposes of art exhibits in London, the materiality of late Romantic salon culture, the extracanonical status of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney, and Romantic imagery in Beethoven’s music and letters, Lessons of Romanticism reveals the practices that were at the heart of European Romantic life. Focusing on the six decades from 1780 to 1832, this collection is arranged thematically around gender and genre, literacy, marginalization, canonmaking, and nationalist ideology. As Americanists join with specialists in German culture, as Austen is explored beside Beethoven, and as discussions on newly recovered women’s writings follow fresh discoveries in long-canonized texts, these interdisciplinary essays not only reflect the broad reach of contemporary scholarship but also point to the long-neglected intertextual and intercultural dynamics in the various and changing faces of Romanticism itself.

Contributors. Steven Bruhm, Miranda J. Burgess, Joel Faflak, David S. Ferris, William Galperin, Regina Hewitt, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, H. J. Jackson, Theresa M. Kelley, Greg Kucich, C. S. Matheson, Adela Pinch, Marc Redfield, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Marlon B. Ross, Maynard Solomon, Richard G. Swartz, Nanora Sweet, Joseph Viscomi, Karen A. Weisman, Susan I. Wolfson


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ISBN-13:
9780822320913
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/27/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction, Reading beyond Redemption: Historicism, Irony, and the Lessons of Romanticism1
Varieties of Bildung in European Romanticism and Beyond
Romanticism, Bildung, and the Literary Absolute41
The Inhibitions of Democracy on Romantic Political Thought: Thoreau's Democratic Individualism55
Between Irony and Radicalism: The Other Way of a Romantic Education76
Friendly Instruction: Coleridge and the Discipline of Sociology89
Keats and the Aesthetics of Critical Knowledge; or, The Ideology of Studying Romanticism at the Present Time103
Reading Habits: Scenes of Romantic Miseducation and the Challenge of Eco-Literacy126
Postmodernism, Romanticism, and John Clare157
Images and Institutions of Cultural Literacy in Romanticism
The Lessons of Swedenborg; or, The Origin of William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell173
Coleridge's Lessons in Transition: The "Logic" of the "Wildest Odes"213
Some Romantic Images in Beethoven225
"Lorenzo's Liverpool and "Corinne's" Coppet: The Italianate Salon and Romantic Education244
Liberty, Connection, and Tyranny: The Novels of Jane Austen and the Aesthetic Movement of the Picturesque261
The Royal Academy and the Annual Exhibition of the Viewing Public280
Romantic Psychoanalysis: Keats, Identity, and "(The Fall of) Hyperion"304
"Their terrors came upon me tenfold": Literacy and Ghosts in John Clare's Autobiography328
Gender, Sexuality, and the (Un)Romantic Canon
A Lesson in Romanticism: Gendering the Soul349
What Happens When Jane Austen and Frances Burney Enter the Romantic Canon?376
Domesticating Gothic: Jane Austen, Ann Radcliffe, and National Romance392
Learning What Hurts: Romanticism, Pedagogy, Violence413
Reforming Byron's Narcissism429
"This Horrid Theatre of Human Sufferings": Gendering the Stages of History in Catharine Macaulay and Percy Bysshe Shelley448
Contributors467
Index471

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