Romantic Rapports

June 2017
190 pages
9x6 in
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004020, LIT004170, LIT004150

Romantic Rapports

New Essays on Romanticism across the Disciplines

Edited by Larry H. Peer, Christopher R. Clason

New essays offering fresh glimpses of Romanticism as interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic, illuminating the discursive features and the pan-European nature of the movement.

Romanticism bubbled up as lava from such historical eruptions as the Napoleonic Wars. The power of its flow across disciplines and linguistic borders reminds us that the use of the term in a context limited to one linguistic, national, or political tradition, or to one discipline or area of human development, shows an essential ignorance of the ideational configurations elaborated and lived out by the movement. Among its consistent norms are the notion of reality as a transcendent self-unfolding Geist, everything existing in a dialectical relationship with all else; the position that art reveals mythic understructures of reality; and that all kinds of kinship are more normal than isolation. This book brings together essays that highlight the inclusivity of Romanticism. A team of eleven scholars offers fresh glimpses of Romanticism as it manifests itself in a number of disciplines, including most prominently literature, but also music, painting, and the sciences. In so doing, the contributors treat Romanticism as interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic, providing data and interpretive viewpoints that illuminate the discursive features and the pan-European nature of the movement.

Contributors: Lloyd Davies, Ellis Dye, Stacey Hahn, Hollie Markland Harder, Jennifer Law-Sullivan, Sarah Lippert, Marjean D. Purinton, Ashley Shams, Kaitlin Gowan Southerly.

Larry H. Peer is Professor of Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University. Christopher R. Clason is Professor of German at Oakland University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Polyvalence of Romanticism - Larry H. Peer
Werther and Harold: Rapport and Difference in the Literary Articulation of the Romantic Subject - Lloyd Davies
Balzac and the French New Wave: A Problematic but Enticing Relationship - Stacey Hahn
Romantic Relations and Constructive Affinities: Notions of Family in Kater Murr - Christopher R. Clason
Françoise's Way and Bloch's Way: Two Paths of French Romanticism in Proust's À la recherche - Hollie Markland Harder
Liminal Transgressions: Gautier's Vampires in Giselle and La morte amoureuse - Jennifer Law Sullivan and Ashley Shams
The Iconography of Girodet's Endymion during the French Revolution - Sarah Lippert
A Romantic Scientist in Percy Shelley's Alastor - Kaitlin Gowan Southerly
Canines and Other Quadrupeds: Human and Animal Relations Staged in Romantic Drama - Marjean D. Purinton
Goethe and Individuation - Ellis Dye
Notes on the Contributors


[U]ndertakes a new, interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic approach to Romanticism . . . . [C]ould be a welcome addition to often inward-looking English-language discourses on Romanticism . . . . FORUM FOR MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

[A]ttests to Romanticism's vibrant plurality. CHOICE

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