The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism

ISBN : 9780198831143

Paul Hamilton
864 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Sep 2018
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The Oxford Handbook to European Romanticism brings together leading scholars in the field to examine the intellectual, literary, philosophical, and political elements of European Romanticism. The book focuses on the cultural history of the period extending from the French Revolution to the uprisings of 1848. It begins with a series of chapters examining key texts written by major writers in languages including: French; German; Italian; Spanish; Russian; Hungarian; Greek; and Polish amongst others. A second section then explores the naturally inter-disciplinary quality of Romanticism, exemplified by the different discourses with which writers of the time set up an internal, comparative dynamic. These chapters highlight the sense a discourse gives of being written knowledgeably against other pretenders to completeness or comprehensiveness of self-understanding of the time. Discourses typically advance their own claims to resume European culture, collaborating with and at the same time trying to assimilate each other in the process. The main examples featured here are: history; geography; drama; theology; language; philosophy; political theory; the sciences; and the media. Each chapter offers an original and individual interpretation of an inherently comparative world of individual writers and the discursive idioms to which they are historically subject. Together the forty-one chapters provide a comprehensive and provocative overview of European Romanticism.


Paul Hamilton: Introduction
1 Caroline Warman: Pre-Romantic French Thought
2 Biancamaria Fontana: Literary History and Political Theory in Germaine de Stael's Idea of Europe
3 Jean-Marie Roulin: Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand: Migrations and Revolution
4 Francesco Manzini: Stendhal
5 Bradley Stephens: The Novel and the (Il)legibility of History: Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, and Alexandre Dumas
6 Sotirios Paraschas: Romantic Drama: The Mask of Genius
7 Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe: French Romantic Poetry
8 Francesco Manzini: Frenetic Romanticism
9 Alexander Regier: Johann Georg Hamann: Metacritique and Poesis in Counter-Enlightenment
10 Andrew Bowie: Freedom, Reason, and Art in Idealist and Romantic Philosophy
11 WM. Arctander O'Brien: Friedrich von Hardenberg (Pseudonym Novalis)
12 Maike Oergel: Jena 1789-1819: Ideas, Poetry, and Politics
13 Astrid Weigert: Gender and Genre in the Works of German Romantic Women Writers
14 Tim Mehigan: The Scepticism of Heinrich von Kleist
15 Rudiger Gorner: Friedrich Holderlin's Romantic Classicism
16 Angus Nicholls: Goethe the Writer
17 Stefan H. Uhlig: Goethe's Figurative Method
18 Dennis F. Mahoney: Heidelberg, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna
19 Richard Aczel: Hungarian Romanticism: Reimagining (Literary) History
20 Joseph Luzzi: The Task of Italian Romanticism: Literary Form and Polemical Response
21 Michael Caesar: Voice, Speaking, Silence in Leopardi's Verse
22 Franco D'Intino: Leopardi as a Writer of Prose
23 Giuseppe Gazzola: 'European Man and Writer': Romanticism, the Classics, and Political Action in the Exemplary Life of Ugo Foscolo
24 Jonathan White: Manzoni's Persistence
25 Derek Flitter: Personal Demons and the Spectre of Tradition in Spanish Romantic Drama
26 Andrew Kahn: Russian Literature between Classicism and Romanticism: Poetry, Feeling, Subjectivity
27 Luba Golburt: Alexander Pushkin as a Romantic
28 Katya Hokanson: The Geography of Russian Romantic Prose: Bestuzhev, Lermontov, Gogol, and Early Dostoevsky
29 Monika Coghen: Polish Romanticism
30 Klaus Muller-Wille: Scandinavian Romanticism
31 Roderick Beaton: The Romantic Construction of Greece
32 Roberto Dainotto: Geographies of Historical Discourse
33 Paul Stock: Histories of Geography
34 Douglas Moggach: Romantic Political Thought
35 Benjamin Dawson: Science and the Scientific Disciplines
36 Leon Chai: Life and Death in Paris: Medical and Life Sciences in the Romantic Era
37 Thomas Pfau: Religion
38 Diego Saglia: Theatre, Drama, and Vision in the Romantic Age: Stages of the New
39 Angela Esterhammer: Identity Crises: Celebrity, Anonymity, Doubles, and Frauds in European Romanticism
40 Jan Fellerer: Theories of Language
41 Patrick Vincent: Europe's Discourse of Britain

About the author: 

Paul Hamilton read English and Philosophy at Glasgow University. He took a D.Phil. at Oxford University, where he was a Junior Research Fellow, and then College Lecturer at Balliol College. Following posts at the University of Nottingham, Exeter College, Oxford, and the University of Southampton, he became Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London in 1996. Hamilton is the author of Metaromanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2003), Coleridge and German Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2007), and Realpoetik: European Romanticism and Literary Politics (OUP,2013).

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