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Romantic Poets, Critics, and Other Madmen

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674002029

Publication Date: 04/10/2000


272 pages

3 musical examples


  • Introduction
  • Romantic Illusions
    • The Definitive Text: Honoré de Balzac, George Gordon Byron, William Wordsworth
    • The Intense Inane: Religious Revival in English, French, and German Romanticism: M.K. Abrams, William Empson
    • Separating Life and Art: Romantic Documents, Romantic Punctuation: Gustave Flaubert, George Gordon Byron
    • The Cookbook as Romantic Pastoral: Elizabeth David
    • Secret Codes: Caspar David Friedrich, Robert Schumann
    • Mad Poets: William Cowper, Christopher Smart, Friedrich Hölderlin
  • Approaches to Criticism
    • The Ruins of Walter Benjamin: German and English Baroque Drama, Romantic Aesthetics, and Symbolist Theory of Language
    • Concealed Structures: Heinrich Schenker, Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson
    • Ambiguous Intentions: William Empson
    • The Journalist Critic as Hero: George Bernard Shaw
  • Acknowledgments
  • Romantic Generation

Awards & Accolades

  • Charles Rosen Is a 2011 National Humanities Medal Winner
  • 1999 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, Truman Capote Estate and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa
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