The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism

ISBN : 9780199696383

Paul Hamilton
864 ページ
171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism focuses on the period beginning with the French Revolution and extending to the uprisings of 1848 across Europe. It brings together leading scholars in the field to examine the intellectual, literary, philosophical, and political elements of European Romanticism. The volume 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. Then follows a second section based on the naturally inter-disciplinary quality of Romanticism, encapsulated 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 understanding, and the Enlightenment encyclopaedic project. Discourses typically push their individual claims to resume European culture, collaborating and trying to assimilate each other in the process. The main examples featuring here are history, geography, drama, theology, language, geography, philosophy, political theory, the sciences, and the media. Each chapter offers original and individual interpretation of individual aspects 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 unique overview of European Romanticism.



1. Pre-Romantic French Thought

2. Literary History and Political Theory in Germaine de Stael's idea of Europe

3. Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand: Migrations and Revolution

4. Stendhal

5. The Novel and the (Il)Legibility of History: Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, and Alexandre Dumas

6. Romantic Drama: The Mask of Genius

7. French Romantic Poetry

8. Frenetic Romanticism

9. Johann Georg Hamann: Metacritique and Poesis in Counter-Enlightenment

10. Freedom, Reason, and Art in Idealist and Romantic Philosophy

11. Friedrich von Hardenberg (pseudonym: Novalis)

12. Jena 1789-1819: Ideas, Poetry, and Politics

13. Gender and Genre in the Works of German Romantic Women Writers

14. The Scepticism of Heinrich von Kleist

15. Friedrich Holderlin's Romantic Classicism

16. Goethe the Writer

17. Goethe's Figurative Method

18. Heidelberg, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna

19. Hungarian Romanticism: Re-Imagining (Literary) History

20. The Task of Italian Romanticism: Literary Form and Polemical Response

21. Voice, speaking, silence in Leopardi's verse

22. Leopardi as a writer of prose

23. 'European Man and Writer': Romanticism, the Classics, and Political Action in the Exemplary Life of Ugo Foscolo.

24. Manzoni's Persistence

25. Personal Demons and the Spectre of Tradition in Spanish Romantic Drama

26. Russian Literature Between Classicism and Romanticism: Poetry, Feeling, Subjectivity

27. Alexander Pushkin as a Romantic

28. The Geography of Russian Romantic Prose: Bestuzhev, Lermontov, Gogol and Early Dostoevsky

29. Polish Romanticism

30. Scandinavian Romanticism

31. The Romantic construction of Greece

32. Geographies of Historical Discourse

33. Histories of Geography

34. Romantic Political Thought

35. Science and the Scientific Disciplines

36. Life and Death in Paris: Medical and Life Sciences in the Romantic Era

37. Religion

38. Theatre, Drama and Vision in the Romantic Age: Stages of the New

39. Identity Crises: Celebrity, Anonymity, Doubles, and Frauds in European Romanticism

40. Theories of Language

41. Europe's Discourse of Britain


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).