The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation

The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation

by Jerome J. McGann


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The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation by Jerome J. McGann

Claiming that the scholarship and criticism of Romanticism and its works have for too long been dominated by a Romantic ideology—by an uncritical absorption in Romanticism's own self-representations—Jerome J. McGann presents a new, critical view of the subject that calls for a radically revisionary reading of Romanticism.

In the course of his study, McGann analyzes both the predominant theories of Romanticism (those deriving from Coleridge, Hegel, and Heine) and the products of its major English practitioners. Words worth, Coleridge, Shelley, and Byron are considered in greatest depth, but the entire movement is subjected to a searching critique. Arguing that poetry is produced and reproduced within concrete historical contexts and that criticism must take these contexts into account, McGann shows how the ideologies embodied in Romantic poetry and theory have shaped and distorted contemporary critical activities.

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ISBN-13: 9780226558509
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 02/28/1985
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.70(d)

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