Academic journal article Studies in Romanticism

Foreword

Academic journal article Studies in Romanticism

Foreword

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IT WOULD BE A STRETCH TO CLAIM THAT THE STUDY OF GERMAN ROMANTICISM in the United States has been suffering from neglect or underdevelopment, requiring redress in the form of a special issue of this journal. As the reader will know, German romanticism has been basking in scholarly attention. And yet, if one leaves aside the intramural debates in American Germanistik and looks at the ways German romanticism has been studied in the larger scholarly community, a curious bifurcation becomes evident. Beginning in the seventies of the past century, German romantic texts gained considerable circulation by being called upon to serve as prominent exempla for theoretical and philosophical arguments, mainly of a deconstructive bent. It was by no means Germanists alone who found themselves steeped in the works of Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis, Kleist and Holderlin. But the glare of theory seemed at the same time to withdraw the texts from the sort of critical notice that does not wish to use literature as a mere illustration of philosophical propositions. …

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