1st Edition

Romantic Legacies
Transnational and Transdisciplinary Contexts

ISBN 9780367076726
Published March 19, 2019 by Routledge
360 Pages 26 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Romantic Legacies: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Contexts presents the most wide-ranging treatment of Romantic regenerations, covering the cross-pollination between the arts or between art and thought within or across the borders of Germany, Britain, France, the US, Russia, India, China, and Japan. Each chapter in the volume examines a legacy or afterlife in a comparative context to demonstrate ongoing Romantic legacies as fully as possible in their complexity and richness. The volume provides readers a lens through which to understand Romanticism not merely as an artistic heritage but as a dynamic site of intellectual engagement that crosses nations and time periods and entails no less than the shaping of our global cultural currents.

Table of Contents

James Engell

Shun-liang Chao and John Michael Corrigan

Part I Realist Romanticism

1. Romantic Walking and Railway Realism
Rachel Bowlby

2. The Use and Abuse of Romance: Realist Revisions of Walter Scott in England, France, and Germany
Geoffrey Baker

3. Chekhov on the Meaning of Life: After Romanticism and Nihilism
Yuri Corrigan

Part II Fin-de-Siècle Romanticism

4. Keats Gone Wilde: Wilde’s Romantic Self-Fashioning at the Fin de Siècle
Ya-Feng Wu

5. Delacroix, Signac, and the Aesthetic Revolution in Fin-de-siècle France
Shao-Chien Tseng

6. Mediating Richard Wagner and Henry Bishop: Frederick Corder and the Different Legacies of German and English Romantic Opera
David Chandler

Part III (Post)Modern Romanticism

7. Platonism, Its Heirs, and the Last Romantic
Arthur Versluis

8. Vexed Meditation: Romantic Idealism in Coleridge and Its Afterlife in Bataille and Irigaray
Justin Prystash

9. "You have to be a transparent eyeball": Transcendental Afterlives in Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men
John Michael Corrigan

Part IV Environmental Romanticism

10. Tracing Romanticism in the Anthropocene: An Ecocritical Reading of Ludwig Tieck’s Rune Mountain
Caroline Schaumann

11. The Eye of the Earth: Nonhuman Vision from Blake to Contemporary Ecocriticism
Sophie Laniel-Musitelli

12. "Indistinctness is my forte": Turner, Ruskin, and the Climate of Art
Carmen Casaliggi

Par V Oriental Romanticism

13. ReOrienting Romanticism: The Legacy of Indian Romantic Poetry in English
Steve Clark

14. Grafting German Romanticism onto the Chinese Revolution: Goethe, Guo Morou, and the Pursuit of Self-Transcendence
Johannes D. Kaminski

15. Two Chinese Wordsworths: The Reception of Wordsworth in Twentieth-Century China
Li Ou

16. "The world must be made Romantic": The Sentimental Grotesque in Tetsuya Ishida’s "Self-Portraits of Others"
Shun-liang Chao

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Shun-liang Chao, PhD is Associate Professor of English and Comparative literature at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

John Michael Corrigan, PhD is Associate Professor of American literature and digital humanities at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.


Romantic Legacies is an important contribution to our expanded understanding of the legacies of romanticism. The essays in this collection range widely across geography, chronology and artistic form to explore the ongoing resonances of the romantic impulse across cultures.

Andrew Taylor, University of Edinburgh