German Romantic Literary Theory

Ernst Behler, 1993

The emergence of a new theory of literature in the German Romantic period constituted a decisive turning point in the history of criticism. A view of the literary work and the artistic process developed that diverged sharply from the dominant classicist understanding of aesthetics and poetics. It recognized the infinite changeablility of genres, and asserted the rights of genius and creative imagination. Professor Behler provides a new account of this crucial movement, illustrating each theoretical topic with close reference to a characteristic work by a major writer of the period.


Preface; List of Abbreviations; Introduction.
Early German Romanticism and Literary Modernism;
1. Formation and Main Representatives of Early Romanticism in Germany;
2. Poetry in the Early Romantic Theory of the Schlegel Brothers;
3. The Theory of Romantic Poetry;
4. Novalis and the Mystical Dimension of Early Romantic Theory;
5. Wackenroder's and Tieck's Conceptions of Painting and Music;
6. Theory of Language, Hermeneutics, and Encyclopaedistics;
Notes; Chronology of Early Romanticism; Bibliography; Index of Works Cited; Index of Subjects and Names

Cambridge University Press

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