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Coleridge and Cosmopolitan Intellectualism 1794-1804
The Legacy of Göttingen University

ISBN 9781472472380
Published October 24, 2017 by Routledge
340 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Viewing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's pursuit of continental intellectualism through the lens of cosmopolitanism, Maximiliaan van Woudenberg examines the so-called 'German Mania' of the writer in the context of the intellectual history of the university. At a time when the confessional model of Oxbridge precluded a liberal education in England, van Woudenberg argues, Coleridge's pursuit of continental methodologies and networks encountered at the University of Göttingen anticipated the foundation of the modern von Humboldt research-university model. Founded by the Hanoverian rulers of Great Britain, this cosmopolitan institution of knowledge successfully fostered cross-cultural interchange between German and British intellectuals during the latter half of the eighteenth century. van Woudenberg links the origins of Coleridge's engagement with European intellectualism to his first encounter with the innovations of a Reform university during his studies at the University of Göttingen in 1799, a period that many critics and biographers believe spoiled his poetry. Drawing on hitherto unexamined primary records and documents in German Kurrentschrift, this study shows Coleridge to be a visionary whose cross-cultural dissemination of continental intellectualism in England was ahead of its time and presents an intriguing episode in Cosmopolitan Romanticism by a major canonical figure.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Did Coleridge Do in Göttingen?

1. Oxbridge and Göttingen: Confessional Provincialism and Cosmopolitan Intellectualism 

2. Full Child of my Own Brain: Planning the German Tour  

3. The Cosmopolitan Intellectualism of Göttingen    

4. Coleridge and the Göttingen Research Library    

5. Continental Research Processes and the Projected Life of Lessing  

6. Instant Failure and Delayed Success: Continental Intellectualism and the English Public Sphere, 1799-1804 

Conclusion: The Legacy of Göttingen

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Maximiliaan van Woudenberg is College Professor in the Department of English and Communications at the Sheridan Institute of Technology, Canada.

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College Professor of English and Communications, SIT (Sheridan Institute of Technology)
Oakville (Toronto), Ontario, Canada

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