The Hero in French Romantic Literature

The Hero in French Romantic Literature

The Hero in French Romantic Literature

The Hero in French Romantic Literature

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Is another study of French romanticism justified?

I asked myself this same question, years ago, when I first became interested in the romantic hero. Surely the bibliographies, after a hundred years of research and polemics, must fairly bulge with articles, books, manifestoes, and explications de texte. Yet as I began to move more deeply into the subject, I realized with astonishment that, despite all previous research, the romantic hero himself--the very key to understanding the spirit of romanticism--had been strangely neglected. Only Mario Praz, in his Romantic Agony, and a mere handful of other writers in widely scattered pages seem to have studied the romantic hero at all; and their observations have been mostly descriptive, not analytic. There was a great need, it seemed to me, first for close analysis, then for synthesis. The dark soul of the romantic hero had remained largely unprobed, and to that extent he was, indeed, still a man of mystery.

Hence The Hero in French Romantic Literature is intended to fill a historical gap in the scholarship of romanticism. It is an attempt to define the hero and to trace his principal lines of descent throughout the romantic movement . . .

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