This study presents a new approach to the theory of Romanticism. Peer proceeds though key Romantic documents about form and structure, while displacing and condensing modern scholarly assumptions that interrupt modern theoretical protocol. A line of development is suggested, moving from eighteenth-century explorations in Kant, Fielding, and Diderot, through Schlegelian Romantic beginnings, and on through Emily Bronte, Pushkin, and the Romantic Manifesto, culminating in the profound achievement of Manzoni. Summarizing Romantic narrative implications by looking at the modern discipline of Comparative Literature, this book deliberately deforms both our contemporary ideas about Romanticism as well as our non-Romantic way of teaching it.
Larry H. Peer (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is Professor of Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Name and Nature of Romanticism Revisited Chapter 4 Beginnings: Fielding, Diderto, and Kant Chapter 5 Friedrich Schlegel's Theory of the Novel Chapter 6 Heathcliff and Pushkin Chapter 7 Manzoni's Theory of the Novel Chapter 8 The Romantic Manifesto Chapter 9 Romantic Educational Form: The Case of Comparative Literature Chapter 10 A Novel Conclusion Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 About the Author Chapter 13 Index