Originally published in 1970, this book surveys the central philosophical and aesthetic doctrines which characterize German Romanticism. A selection of literary, philosophical and political essays by some of the most important German Romantic thinkers illustrates the principal themes: these range from philosophical idealism and aesthetic subjectivism to folklore and emergent German nationalism, from exotica and medievalism to irrationality and the metaphysics of music. Introductory essays explain the significance of the particular aspects of the Romantic tradition which are revealed in each passage, and commentaries not only elucidate allusions and references which are not immediately identifiable, but draw attention to wider issues, either in the work of that author or in the context of 19th Century German culture as a whole.
1. Herder: Von Ähnlichkeit der mittlern englischen und deutschen Dichtkunst. Über ein morgenländisches Drama 2. Wackenroder: Phantasien über die Kunst für Freunde der Kunst 3. Fichte Über den Grund unseres Glaubens an eine göttliche Weltregierung 4. Novalis Die Christenheit oder Europa 5. Friedrich Schlegel Rede über die Mythologie. Brief über den Roman 6. Schopenhauer Zur Idealistischen Grundansicht 7. Richard Wagner Kunst und Revolution
Originally published between 1938 and 1996, the volumes in this set provide a survey of German poetry, prose and fiction from the Middle Ages to the late 20th Century. In many cases no prior knowledge of German is necessary, as translations into English are provided. Many of the books focus particularly on German writers and literature from an international perspective.