The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism

The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism

by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy
     
 

The first authoritative study of the emergence of the modern concept of literature in German romanticism.

The Literary Absolute is the first authoritative study of the emergence of the modern concept of literature in German romanticism. The authors trace this concept from the philosophical crisis bequeathed by Kant to his successors, to its development by

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The first authoritative study of the emergence of the modern concept of literature in German romanticism.

The Literary Absolute is the first authoritative study of the emergence of the modern concept of literature in German romanticism. The authors trace this concept from the philosophical crisis bequeathed by Kant to his successors, to its development by the central figures of the Athenaeum group: the Schlegel brothers, Schelling, and Novalis.

This study situates the Jena romantics’ “fragmentary” model of literature—a model of literature as the production of its own theory—in relation to the development of a post-Kantian conception of philosophy as the total and reflective auto-production of the thinking subject. Analyzing key texts of the period, the authors articulate the characteristics of romantic thought and at the same time show historical and systematic connections with modern literary theory. Thus, The Literary Absolute renews contemporary scholarship, showing the romantic origins of some of the leading issues in current critical theory.

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ISBN-13:
9780887066603
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1988
Series:
SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory Series
Pages:
169

Table of Contents

Translators' Introduction: The Presentation of Romantic Literature

Note on the Text

Preface: The Literary Absolute

Chronology

Summary of the Athenaeum

Overture: The System-Subject

1. The Fragment: The Fragmentary Exigency

2. The Idea: Religion within the Limits of Art

Appendix: Note on Heinz Widerporst's Epicurean Confession of Faith

3. The Poem: A Nameless Art

4. Criticism: The Formation of Character

Closure: Romantic Equivocity

Notes

Bibliography

Appendix: Topical Index to the Fragments

Index

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