Lessons of Romanticism: A Critical Companion

Lessons of Romanticism: A Critical Companion

By: Robert F. Gleckner (editor), Thomas Pfau (editor)Hardback

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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

About Author

Thomas Pfau is Associate Professor of English at Duke University. Robert F. Gleckner is Professor of English at Duke University.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Reading beyond Redemption: Historicism, Irony, and the Lessons of Romanticism / Thomas Pfau 1 Varieties of Bildung in European Romanticism and Beyond Romanticism, Bildung, and the Literary Absolute / Marc Redfield 41 The Inhibitions of Democracy on Romantic Political Thought: Thoreau's Democratic Individualism / Nancy L. Rosenblum 55 Between Irony and Radicalism: The Other Way of a Romantic Education / Karen A. Weisman 76 Friendly Instruction: Coleridge and the Discipline of Sociology / Regina Hewitt 89 Keats and the Aesthetics of Critical Knowledge; or, The Ideology of Studying Romanticism at the Present Time / David S. Ferris 103 Reading Habits: Scenes of Romantic Miseducation and the Challenge of Eco-Literacy / Marlon B. Ross 126 Postmodernism, Romanticism, and John Clare / Theresa M. Kelley 157 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 173 Coleridge's Lessons in Translation: The "Logic" of the "Wildest Odes" / H.J. Jackson 213 Some Romantic Images in Beethoven / Maynard Solomon 225 "Lorenzo's" Liverpool and "Corinne's" Coppet: The Italianate Salon and Romantic Education / Nanora Sweet 244 Liberty, Connection, and Tyranny: The Novels of Jane Austen and the Aesthetic Movement of the Picturesque / Jill Heydt-Stevenson 261 The Royal Academy and the Annual Exhibition of the Viewing Public / C.S. Matheson 280 Romantic Psychoanalysis: Keats, Identity, and "(The Fall of) Hyperion" / Joel Faflak 304 "Their terrors came upon me tenfold": Literacy and Ghosts in John Clare's Autobiography / Richard G. Swartz 328 Gender, Sexuality, and the (Un)Romantic Canon A Lesson in Romanticism: Gendering the Soul / Susan J. Wolfson 349 What Happens When Jane Austen and Frances Burney Enter the Romantic Canon? / William Galperin 376 Domesticating Gothic: Jane Austen, Ann Radcliffe, and National Romance / Miranda J. Burgess 392 Learning What Hurts: Romanticism, Pedagogy, Violence / Adela Pinch 413 Reforming Byron's Narcissism / Steven Bruhm 429 "This Horrid Theatre of Human Sufferings": Gendering the Stages of History in Catharine Macaulay and Percy Bysshe Shelly / Greg Kucich 448 Contributors 467 Index 471

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  • ISBN13: 9780822320777
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780822320777
  • ISBN10: 0822320770

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