The Critical Fortunes of a Romantic Novel

The Critical Fortunes of a Romantic Novel

Novalis's `Heinrich von Ofterdingen'

Dennis Mahoney


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Camden House



Critical history of classic 19th-century German Romantic novel.
Since its posthumous publication in 1892, German, French, British and American critics have regarded the novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen by Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis) as the epitome of German Romanticism. A critical history of Heinrich von Ofterdingen thus provides an exemplary opportunity to analyze changing patterns of German and international literary criticism over the past two hundred years, particularly with respect to the changing definitions of Romanticism. Critical response to the Klingsohr tale in the novel is a constant point of reference in this study, providing a record of successive approaches to the work.


November 1994
176 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781879751583
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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As always, the service to students of German literature provided by these studies from Camden House is considerable. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
Essential reading for anyone dealing with the literature of European romanticism, emphatically so for those specializing in its early German version. MONATSHEFTE

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