Stages of European Romanticism
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15th October 2018

264 Pages

22.86 x 15.24 cm

6 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Camden House

Stages of European Romanticism

Cultural Synchronicity across the Arts, 1798-1848

by Theodore Ziolkowski

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Employs an innovative approach by "stages" to offer a unified vision of European Romanticism over the half-century of its growth and decline.
Romanticism was a truly European phenomenon, extending roughly from the French Revolution to the 1848 revolutions and embracing not only literature and drama but also music and visual arts. Because of Romanticism's vast scope, most treatments have restricted themselves to single countries or to specific forms, notably literature, art, or music. This book takes a wider view by considering in each of six chapters representative examples of works - from across Europe and across a range of the arts - that were created in a single year. For instance, in the first chapter, focusing on the year 1798, Beethoven's Pathétique sonata, Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads,Tieck's novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen, and Goya's painting El sueño de la razón. The following chapters treat works from the years 1808, 1818, 1828, 1838, and 1848.
This approach by "stages" makes it possible to determine characteristics of six stages of Romanticism in its historical and intellectual context and to note the conspicuous differences between these stages as European Romanticism developed-for example, the waxing and waning of religious themes, the shifting visions of landscape, the gradual ironic detachment from early Romanticism. In sum, the volume offers a unified vision of European Romanticism in all its aesthetic forms over the half-centuryof its growth and decline.

Theodore Ziolkowski is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Princeton University.
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE: 1798
Beethoven, Grande Sonate Pathétique
Wordsworth/Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads
Brothers Schlegel, Athenaeum
Tieck, Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen
Goya, El sueño de la razón produce monstruos
Findings
CHAPTER TWO: 1808
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Fichte, Reden an die deutsche Nation
Scott, Marmion
Arnim/Brentano, Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Zeitung für Einsiedler
Kleist, Die Hermannsschlacht
C. D. Friedrich, Tetschener Altar
Digression: Goethe, Faust I
Findings
CHAPTER THREE: 1818
Rossini, Mosè in Egitto
Lamartine, Saül
Hoffmann, Die Serapionsbrüder
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
C. D. Friedrich, Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer
Findings
CHAPTER FOUR: 1828
Schubert, Die Winterreise
Scott, The Fair Maid of Perth
Hugo, Cromwell
Mickiewicz, Konrad Wallenrod
Eichendorff, Ezelin von Romano
Constable, Hampstead Heath, Branch Hill Pond
Findings
CHAPTER FIVE: 1838
Schumann, Kreisleriana
Brentano, Gockel, Hinkel und Gackeleia
Mérimée, La Vénus d'Ille
Poe, Ligeia
Delacroix, Médée furieuse
Findings
CHAPTER SIX: 1848
Verdi, Il corsaro
Dumas, La Dame aux camélias
Grillparzer, Der arme Spielmann
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Spitzweg, Gnom, Eisenbahn betrachtend
Findings
CONCLUSIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
"The long overdue monograph on Romanticism from a European perspective and proves the suitability of a synchronistic, intercultural approach worth reading...Innovative." GESTERN | ROMANTIK | HEUTE
"Written in a clear, engaging style... an accessible introduction to a wide range of Romantic texts of different genres and other Romantic artworks." OXFORD COMPARATIVE CRITICISM AND TRANSLATION REVIEW

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Title Details

15th October 2018

264 Pages

2.286 x 1.524 cm

6 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Camden House