The Romantic Tradition in Germany: An Anthology with Critical Essays and Commentaries, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Romantic Tradition in Germany

An Anthology with Critical Essays and Commentaries, 1st Edition

By Ronald Taylor


280 pages

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Hardback: 9780367857035
pub: 2020-02-12
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Ronald Taylor was Professor of German at the University of Sussex.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

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.

The books:

  • Analyse Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism.

  • Include discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.


  • Provide guidebooks through the masses of periodicals and allows the English side of the Anglo-German literary relationship to be explored in detail.

  • Present a detailed analysis of the major literary movements in Austria and Germany from the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the Third Reich


  • Examine two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends

  • Survey the development of political writing in the former Federal Republic of Germany, Illustrating the connections between literature and politics


  • Elucidate the concealed meanings in some of the more obscure writings of great authors such as Goethe

  • Provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German