The long period from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century supplied numerous sources for Kierkegaard's thought in any number of different fields. The present, rather heterogeneous volume covers the long period from the birth of Savonarola in 1452 through the beginning of the nineteenth century and into Kierkegaard's own time. The Danish thinker read authors representing vastly different traditions and time periods. Moreover, he also read a diverse range of genres. His interests concerned not just philosophy, theology and literature but also drama and music. The present volume consists of three tomes that are intended to cover Kierkegaard's sources in these different fields of thought. Tome III covers the sources that are relevant for literature, drama and music. Kierkegaard was well read in the European literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. He was captivated by the figure of Cervantes' Don Quixote, who is used as a model for humor and irony. He also enjoyed French literature, represented here by articles on Chateaubriand, Lamartine, and Mérimée. French dramatists were popular on the Danish stage, and Kierkegaard demonstrated an interest in, among others, Moliére and Scribe. Although he never possessed strong English skills, this did not prevent him from familiarizing himself with English literature, primarily with the help of German translations. While there is an established body of secondary material on Kierkegaard's relation to Shakespeare, little has been said about his use of the Irish dramatist Sheridan. It is obvious from, among other things, The Concept of Irony that Kierkegaard knew in detail the works of some of the main writers of the German Romantic movement. However, his use of the leading figures of the British Romantic movement, Byron and Shelley, remains largely unexplored terrain. The classic Danish authors of the eighteenth century, Holberg, Wessel and Ewald, were influential figures who prepared the way for the Golden Age of Danish poetry. Kierkegaard constantly refers to their dramatic characters, whom he often employs to illustrate a philosophical idea with a pregnant example or turn of phrase. Finally, while Kierkegaard is not an obvious name in musicology, his analysis of Mozart's Don Giovanni shows that he had a keen interest in music on many different levels.
Table of Contents
Contents: Lord George Gordon Byron: seduction, defiance and despair in the works of Kierkegaard, Bartholomew Ryan; Miguel de Cervantes: the valuable contribution of a minor influence, Ã“scar Parcero OubiÃ±a; FranÃ§ois-René de Chateaubriand: the eloquent society of Symparanekromenoi , Ingrid Basso; Johannes Ewald: poetic fire, Kim Ravn; Ludvig Holberg: Kierkegaard's unacknowledged mentor, Julie K. Allen; Alphonse de Lamartine: the movement 'en masse' versus the individual choice, Ingrid Basso; Prosper Merimée: a new Don Juan, Nataliya Vorobyova; Molière: an existential vision of authenticity in man across time, Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the love for music and the music of love, Elisabete M. de Sousa; Eugène Scribe: the unfortunate authorship of a successful author, Elisabete M. de Sousa; William Shakespeare: Kierkegaard's post-romantic reception of 'the poet's poet', Joel D.S. Rasmussen; Percy Bysshe Shelley: anxious journeys, the demonic, and 'breaking the silence', Bartholomew Ryan; Richard Brinsley Sheridan: a story of one review - Kierkegaard on The School for Scandal, Nataliya Vorobyova; Johan Herman Wessel: Kierkegaard's use of Wessel, or the crazier the better, Tonny Aagaard Olesen; Edward Young: Kierkegaard's encounter with a proto-romantic religious poet, Joseph Ballan; Indexes.
Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.