Originally published in 1955, this book discusses Romantic principles and their interpretation in literary practice, supported by the documentation (with translations) of numerous quotations from the writings of the romantic authors themselves. The emphasis lies on the evolution of Romantic ideas and practices in Germany, in the establishment and formulation of romantic theory by its first exponents.
1. Romanticism as a Word and a Concept in German Usage: General Introduction 2. The Social Background 3. Ludwig Tieck 4. Friedrich Schlegel and August Wilhelm Schlegel 5. Novalis (Friedrich Leopold, Baron von Hardenberg) 6. Clemens Brentano 7. Achim von Arnim 8. The Drama in the Romantic Period: Zacharias Werner and Heinrich von Kleist 9. Middle and Later Phases of Romanticism: Fouque, Chamisso, Eichendorff, Uhland, Kerner 10. Hoffmann: The Climax of ‘Horror-Romanticism 11. The Final Phase of German Romanticism in the ‘Twenties: Hauff and Heine 12. Conclusion: The End of the Age – Its Achievements