Lessons of Romanticism: A Critical Companion

Front Cover
Duke University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 475 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
Moving beyond views of European Romanticism as an essentially poetic development, Lessons of Romanticism strives to strengthen a critical awareness of the genres, historical institutions, and material practices that comprised the culture of the period. This anthology--in recasting Romanticism in its broader cultural context--ranges across literary studies, art history, musicology, and political science and combines a variety of critical approaches, including gender studies, Lacanian analysis, and postcolonial studies.
With over twenty essays on such diverse topics as the aesthetic and pedagogical purposes of art exhibits in London, the materiality of late Romantic salon culture, the extracanonical status of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney, and Romantic imagery in Beethoven's music and letters, Lessons of Romanticism reveals the practices that were at the heart of European Romantic life. Focusing on the six decades from 1780 to 1832, this collection is arranged thematically around gender and genre, literacy, marginalization, canonmaking, and nationalist ideology. As Americanists join with specialists in German culture, as Austen is explored beside Beethoven, and as discussions on newly recovered women's writings follow fresh discoveries in long-canonized texts, these interdisciplinary essays not only reflect the broad reach of contemporary scholarship but also point to the long-neglected intertextual and intercultural dynamics in the various and changing faces of Romanticism itself.

Contributors. Steven Bruhm, Miranda J. Burgess, Joel Faflak, David S. Ferris, William Galperin, Regina Hewitt, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, H. J. Jackson, Theresa M. Kelley, Greg Kucich, C. S. Matheson, Adela Pinch, Marc Redfield, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Marlon B. Ross, Maynard Solomon, Richard G. Swartz, Nanora Sweet, Joseph Viscomi, Karen A. Weisman, Susan I. Wolfson

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


de Varieties of Bildung in European Romanticism and Beyond
The Inhibitions of Democracy on Romantic Political
The Other Way
Coleridge and the Discipline of Sociology
Keats and the Aesthetics of Critical Knowledge or
Scenes of Romantic Miseducation
Postmodernism Romanticism and John Clare
Le Images and Institutions of Cultural Literacy in Romanticism
Keats Identity
Literacy and Ghosts
Gendering the Soul
What Happens When Jane Austen and Frances Burney
Jane Austen Ann Radcliffe
Romanticism Pedagogy Violence
Reforming Byrons Narcissism
Gendering the Stages

The Logic
The Novels of Jane Austen
The Royal Academy and the Annual Exhibition

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Thomas Pfau is Associate Professor of English at Duke University.

Robert F. Gleckner is Professor of English at Duke University.

Bibliographic information