Metaromanticism: Aesthetics, Literature, Theory

Metaromanticism: Aesthetics, Literature, Theory

by Paul Hamilton
     
 


This bracing study redefines romanticism in terms of its philosophical habits of self-consciousness. According to Paul Hamilton, metaromanticism, or the ways in which writers of the romantic period generalized their own practices, was fundamentally characteristic of the romantic project itself.

Through a close look at the aesthetics of Friedrich Schiller and

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This bracing study redefines romanticism in terms of its philosophical habits of self-consciousness. According to Paul Hamilton, metaromanticism, or the ways in which writers of the romantic period generalized their own practices, was fundamentally characteristic of the romantic project itself.

Through a close look at the aesthetics of Friedrich Schiller and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and key works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy and Mary Shelley, John Keats, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and many others, Hamilton shows how the romantic movement's struggle with its own tenets was not an effort to seek an alternative way of thought, but instead a way of becoming what it already was. And yet, as he reveals, the romanticists were still not content with their own self-consciousness. Pushed to the limit, such contemplation either manifested itself as self-disgust or found aesthetic ideas regenerated in discourses outside of aesthetics altogether.

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ISBN-13:
9780226314808
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Metaromanticism1
1Schiller's Temporizing25
2Rousseau's Children44
3Politics in Reserve: Coleridge and Godwin69
4Keats and Critique88
5Waverley: Scott's Romantic Narrative and Revolutionary Historiogrpahy115
6A French Connection: The Shelleys' Materialism139
7Jane Austen's Conservatism156
8Romantic Patriotism: Marvell's Romantics175
9The Romanticism of Contemporary Ideology193
10The New Romanticism: Philosophical Stand-ins in English Romantic Discourse210
11Sublimity to Indeterminacy: Dreams of a New World Order231
12Romantic Republicanism and Multicultural Progress249
Notes269
Index303

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