Lessons of Romanticism

Lessons of Romanticism

A Critical Companion

  • Author: Pfau, Thomas; Gleckner, Robert F.
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822320777
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780822399100
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 1998
  • Month: April
  • Pages: 488
  • DDC: 820.9/145
  • Language: English
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

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. Reading beyond Redemption: Historicism, Irony, and the Lessons of Romanticism / Thomas Pfau
  • Varieties of Bildung in European Romanticism and Beyond
    • Romanticism, Bildung, and the Literary Absolute / Marc Redfield
    • The Inhibitions of Democracy on Romantic Political Thought: Thoreau's Democratic Individualism / Nancy L. Rosenblum
    • Between Irony and Radicalism: The Other Way of a Romantic Education / Karen A. Weisman
    • Friendly Instruction: Coleridge and the Discipline of Sociology / Regina Hewitt
    • Keats and the Aesthetics of Critical Knowledge; or, The Ideology of Studying Romanticism at the Present Time / David S. Ferris
    • Reading Habits: Scenes of Romantic Miseducation and the Challenge of Eco-Literacy / Marlon B. Ross
    • Postmodernism, Romanticism, and John Clare / Theresa M. Kelley
  • Images and Institutions of Cultural Literacy in Romanticism
    • The Lessons of Swedenborg; or, The Origin of William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell / Joseph Viscomi
    • Coleridge's Lessons in Transition: The "Logic" of the "Wildest Odes" / H. J. Jackson
    • Some Romantic Images in Beethoven / Maynard Solomon
    • "Lorenzo's" Liverpool and "Corinne's" Coppet: The Italianate Salon and Romantic Education / Nanora Sweet
    • Liberty, Connection, and Tyranny: The Novels of Jane Austen and the Aesthetic Movement of the Picturesque / Jill Heydt-Stevenson
    • The Royal Academy and the Annual Exhibition of the Viewing Public / C. S. Matheson
    • Romantic Psychoanalysis: Keats, Identity, and "(The Fall of) Hyperion" / Joel Faflak
    • "Their terrors came upon me tenfold": Literacy and Ghosts in John Clare's Autobiography / Richard G. Swartz
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the (Un)Romantic Canon
    • A Lesson in Romanticism: Gendering the Soul / Susan J. Wolfson
    • What Happens When Jane Austen and Frances Burney Enter the Romantic Canon? / William Galperin
    • Domesticating Gothic: Jane Austen, Ann Radcliffe, and National Romance / Miranda J. Burgess
    • Learning What Hurts: Romanticism, Pedagogy, Violence / Adela Pinch
    • Reforming Byron's Narcissism / Steven Bruhm
    • "This Horrid Theatre of Human Sufferings": Gendering the Stages of History in Catharine Macaulay and Percy Bysshe Shelley / Greg Kucich
  • Contributors
  • Index



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