The Persistence of Romanticism: Essays in Philosophy and Literature

The Persistence of Romanticism: Essays in Philosophy and Literature

by Richard Eldridge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521800463

ISBN-13: 9780521800464

Pub. Date: 05/10/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Has Romanticism been superseded by realism, modernism, and postmodernism, all of which are often taken to acknowledge reality more fully than Romanticism? What is it that Romantic thinkers and writers do? Why does what they do matter? Is Romanticism a think of the past?" "These challenging essays defend Romanticism against its critics. They argue that Romantic…  See more details below

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"Has Romanticism been superseded by realism, modernism, and postmodernism, all of which are often taken to acknowledge reality more fully than Romanticism? What is it that Romantic thinkers and writers do? Why does what they do matter? Is Romanticism a think of the past?" "These challenging essays defend Romanticism against its critics. They argue that Romantic thought, interpreted as the ongoing pursuit of freedom in concrete contexts, crossed by frustration and marked by desire, remains a central and exemplary form of both artistic work and philosophical understanding. Marshaling a wide range of texts from literature, philosophy, and criticism, Richard Eldridge traces the central themes and stylistic features of Romantic thinking in the work of Kant, Holderlin, Wordsworth, Hardy, Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Updike. Through his analysis he shows that Romanticism is neither emptily literary and escapist nor dogmatically optimistic and sentimental." "This philosophical defense of the ideals and practice of Romanticism will appeal particularly to all professionals and students in philosophy, literature, and aesthetics who are interested in expressivist thinking about value and freedom, as it is developed in both literary and philosophical texts."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN-13:
9780521800464
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2001
Series:
Modern European Philosophy Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: The Persistence of Romanticism1
Pt. IKant and Post-Kantian Romanticism
2Kant, Holderlin, and the Experience of Longing31
3Modernity and Expression: Kant on the value of Absolute Music52
4How Is the Kantian Moral Criticism of Literature Possible?71
5Holderlin's Ethical Thinking: "The Processes of the Actual" in "Heidelberg"85
6Internal Transcendentalism: Wordsworth and "A New Condition of Philosophy"102
Pt. IITwentieth-Century Philosophical Romanticisms: Wittgenstein, Cavell, and the Arts
7Hypotheses, Criterial Claims and Perspicuous Representations: Wittgenstein's "Remarks on Frazer's The Golden Bough"127
8How Can Tragedy Matter for Us?145
9Althusser and Ideological Criticism of the Arts165
10"A Continuing Task": Cavell and the Truth of Skepticism189
11Plights of Embodied Soul: Dramas of Sin and Salvation in Augustine and Updike205
12Cavell and Holderlin on Human Immigrancy229
Index247

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