Romantic Prose Fiction

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Gerald Ernest Paul Gillespie, Manfred Engel, Bernard Dieterle
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 733 pages
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In this volume a team of three dozen international experts presents a fresh picture of literary prose fiction in the Romantic age seen from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. The work treats the appearance of major themes in characteristically Romantic versions, the power of Romantic discourse to reshape imaginative writing, and a series of crucial reactions to the impact of Romanticism on cultural life down to the present, both in Europe and in the New World. Through its combination of chapters on thematic, generic, and discursive features, Romantic Prose Fiction achieves a unique theoretical stance, by considering the opinions of primary Romantics and their successors not as guiding truths by which to define the permanent meaning of Romanticism, but as data of cultural history that shed important light on an evolving civilization.SPECIAL OFFER: 30% discount for a complete set order (5 vols.).The Romanticism series in the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages is the result of a remarkable international collaboration. The editorial team coordinated the efforts of over 100 experts from more than two dozen countries to produce five independently conceived, yet interrelated volumes that show not only how Romanticism developed and spread in its principal European homelands and throughout the New World, but also the ways in which the affected literatures in reaction to Romanticism have redefined themselves on into Modernism. A glance at the index of each volume quickly reveals the extraordinary richness of the series' total contents. Romantic Irony sets the broader experimental parameters of comparison by concentrating on the myriad expressions of irony as one of the major impulses in the Romantic philosophical and artistic revolution, and by combining cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies with special attention also to literatures in less widely diffused language streams. Romantic Drama traces creative innovations that deeply altered the understanding of genre at large, fed popular imagination through vehicles like the opera, and laid the foundations for a modernist theater of the absurd. Romantic Poetry demonstrates deep patterns and a sharing of crucial themes of the revolutionary age which underlie the lyrical expression that flourished in so many languages and environments. Nonfictional Romantic Prose assists us in coping with the vast array of writings from the personal and intimate sphere to modes of public discourse, including Romanticism's own self-commentary in theoretical statements on the arts, society, life, the sciences, and more. Nor are the discursive dimensions of imaginative literature neglected in the closing volume, Romantic Prose Fiction, where the basic Romantic themes and story types (the romance, novel, novella, short story, and other narrative forms) are considered throughout Europe and the New World. This enormous realm is seen not just in terms of Romantic theorizing, but in the light of the impact of Romantic ideas and narration on later generations. As an aid to readers, the introduction to Romantic Prose Fiction explains the relationships among the volumes in the series and carries a listing of their tables of contents in an appendix. No other series exists comparable to these volumes which treat the entirety of Romanticism as a cultural happening across the whole breadth of the Old and New Worlds and thus render a complex picture of European spiritual strivings in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, a heritage still very close to our age.
  

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Contents

Wertherism and the Romantic Weltanschauung
22
Romanticism and the idealisation of the artist
41
The sister arts in Romantic fiction
53
Music and Romantic narration
69
Nature and landscape between exoticism and national areas of imagination
90
Mountain landscape and the aesthetics of the sublime in Romantic narration
107
The Wanderer in Romantic prose f1ction
122
Madness dream etc
139
The literary idyll in Germany England and Scandinavia 17701848
383
B Modes of discourse and narrative structures
412
Romantic narrative fiction between homophony and polyphony
435
The fragment as structuring force
452
Mirroring abymization potentiation involution
476
Is there a Romance continuum?
496
Myth in Romantic prose fiction
517
Romantic prose fiction and the shaping of social discourse in Spanish America
537

Doubling doubles duplicity bipolarity
168
Images of childhood in Romantic childrens literature
183
Artificial life and Romantic brides
204
Romantic gender and sexuality
226
Paradigms of Romantic fiction
249
Variants of the Romantic Bildungsroman with a short note on the artist novel
263
Historical novel and historical Romance
296
The fairytale the fantastic tale
325
The detective story and novel
345
Recit story tale novella
364
Contributions of Romanticism to 19th and 20th century writing and thought
559
Romantic thought and style in 19th century Realism and Naturalism
580
Romantic legacies in findesiecle and early 20th century fiction
596
The narrative frame of Tornrosens bok and Romantic irony
610
Finding an expression against the grain
643
Screen adaptations of Romantic works
664
Conclusion
695
Index of Names in vol 5
709
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