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 extra-canonical status of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney, and Romantic imagery in Beethoven's music and letters, "Lessons of Romantacism" 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, marginalisation, canonmaking, and nationalist ideology.
As Americanists join with specialists in Geman culture, as Austen is explored alongside Beethoven, and as discussions on newly discovered women's writings follow fresh discoveries in long-canonised 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.
Thomas Pfau is Associate Professor of English at Duke University.Robert F. Gleckner is Professor of English at Duke University.
Contents Thomas Pfau / Introduction.Reading beyond Redemption: Historicism, Irony, and the Lessons of Romantacism Carieties of Bildung in European RO and Beyond Marc Redfield / RO, Bildung, and the Literary Absolute Nancy L. Rosenblum / The Inhibitions of Democracy on Romantic Political Thought@ Thoreau's Democratic Individualism Karen A. Weisman / Between Irony and Radicalism: The Other Way of a Romantic Education Regina Hewitt / Friendly Instruction: Coleridge and the Discipline of Sociology David S. Ferris / Keats and the Aesthetics of Critical Knowledge; or, the Ideology of Studying RO at the Present Time Marlon B. Ross / Reading Habits: Scenes of Romantic Miseducation and the Challenge of Eco-Literacy Therese M. Kelley / Postmodernism, RO , and John Clare Images and Institutions of Cultural Literacy in RO Joseph Viscomi / The Lessons of Swedenborg; or, The Origins of William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell H. J. Jackson / Coleridge's Lessons in Transition: The "Logic" of the "Wildest Odes" Maynard Solomon / Some Romantic Images of Beethoven Nanora Sweet / "Lorenzo's" Liverpool and "Corinne's" Coppet: the Italianate Salon and Romantic Education Jill Heydt-Stevenson / Liberty, Connection, and Tyranny: The Novels of Jane Austen and the Aesthetic Movement of the Picturesque C. S. Matheson / The Royal Academy and the Annual Exhinition of the Viewing Public Joel Faflak / Romantic Psychoanalysis: Keats, Identity, and "(the Fall of) Hyperion" Richard G. Swartz / "Their Terrors came upn me tenfold": Literacy and Ghosts in John Clare's Autobiography Gender, Sexuality, and the (Un)Romantic Canon Susan J. Wolfson / A Lesson in RO: Gendering the Soul William Galperin / What Happens when Jane Austen and Francis Burney Enter the Romantic Canon? Mirand J. Burgess / Domesticating Gothic: Jane Austen, Ann Radcliffe, and National Romance Adela Pinch / Learning what Hurts: RO, Pedagogy, Violence Steven Bruhm / Reforming Byron's Narcissm Greg Kucich / "This Horrid Theatre of Suffering": Genderieng the Stages of History and Catherine Macaulay and Percy Bysshe Shelley
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