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Romanticism and philosophy: thinking with literature

Contributor(s): Laniel-Musitelli, Sophie [Editor] | Constantinesco, Thomas [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Routledge studies in romanticism; 21.Publisher: New York Routledge 2015Description: Various pages.ISBN: 9781138805507; 9781315752372.Subject(s): Romanticism | Literature - PhilosophyDDC classification: 809.9145 Online resources: e-Book Summary: This volume brings together a wide range of scholars to offer new perspectives on the relationship between Romanticism and philosophy. The entanglement of Romantic literature with philosophy is increasingly recognized, just as Romanticism is increasingly viewed as European and Transatlantic, yet few studies combine these coordinates and consider the philosophical significance of distinctly literary questions in British and American Romantic writings. The essays in this book are concerned with literary writing as a form of thinking, investigating the many ways in which Romantic literature across the Atlantic engages with European thought, from 18th- and 19th-century philosophy to contemporary theory. The contributors read Romantic texts both as critical responses to the major debates that have shaped the history of philosophy, and as thought experiments in their own right. This volume thus examines anew the poetic philosophy of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Shelley, and Clare, also extending beyond poetry to consider other literary genres as philosophically significant, such as Jane Austen’s novels, De Quincey’s autofiction, Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, or Emerson’s essays. Grounded in complementary theoretical backgrounds and reading practices, the various contributions draw on an impressive array of writers and thinkers and challenge our understanding not only of Romanticism, but also of what we have come to think of as "literature" and "philosophy." (http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781315752372)
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Table of Contents:

PART I: ROMANTIC CONFRONTATIONS

01. Absolut Jena: A Second Look at Lacoue-Labarthe’s and Nancy’s Representation of the Literary Theory of Frühromantik
Christoph Bode

02. History and Poetry: Fundamental Aspects and Affects of the Relations between Literature and Philosophy in English Romanticism
Eric Dayre

03. "Ghostly Language": Spectral Presences and Subjectivity in Wordsworth’s Salisbury Plain Poems
Mark Sandy

04. Thinking without Being and Acts of Poetry in Shelley
Arkady Plotnitsky

PART II: THE POETICS OF THOUGHT

05. Prolegomenon to the Remnants: Shelley’s "Triumph of Life"
Simon Jarvis

06. Wordsworth’s Thinking Places
Pascale Guibert

07. Philosophy, Politics, Sensation: The Case of John Clare
Yves Abrioux

PART III: ROMANTIC SELVES

08. Philosophies of Identity and Impersonation from Locke to Charles Mathews
Angela Esterhammer

09. The Happiness of Romantic Philosophy
Joel Faflak

10. Subjectivity and Despair in Blake and Kierkegaard
Laura Quinney

11. Thomas De Quincey and Søren Kierkegaard: The Elective Affinities between Romantic Philosophical Autobiography and Autobiographical Philosophy
Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay

PART IV: TRANSATLANTIC ROMANTICISM

12. The Tension between Immanence and Dualism in Coleridge and Emerson
Danielle Follett

13. Emerson’s Philosophy of Creativity
Susan L. Dunston

14. The Perversity of Skepticism: Qualia and Criteria in Emerson and Poe Paul Grimstad Coda: Cavell and Wordsworth: Illuminating Romanticism
Edward T. Duffy

This volume brings together a wide range of scholars to offer new perspectives on the relationship between Romanticism and philosophy. The entanglement of Romantic literature with philosophy is increasingly recognized, just as Romanticism is increasingly viewed as European and Transatlantic, yet few studies combine these coordinates and consider the philosophical significance of distinctly literary questions in British and American Romantic writings. The essays in this book are concerned with literary writing as a form of thinking, investigating the many ways in which Romantic literature across the Atlantic engages with European thought, from 18th- and 19th-century philosophy to contemporary theory. The contributors read Romantic texts both as critical responses to the major debates that have shaped the history of philosophy, and as thought experiments in their own right. This volume thus examines anew the poetic philosophy of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Shelley, and Clare, also extending beyond poetry to consider other literary genres as philosophically significant, such as Jane Austen’s novels, De Quincey’s autofiction, Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, or Emerson’s essays. Grounded in complementary theoretical backgrounds and reading practices, the various contributions draw on an impressive array of writers and thinkers and challenge our understanding not only of Romanticism, but also of what we have come to think of as "literature" and "philosophy."


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