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Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau

Thomas McFarland


This book presents a timely and thorough-going critique of recent thinking on Romanticism. Beginning from the conviction that Rousseau may well have been the most important cultural figure of the last quarter millennium, the author confronts the misplaced emphases and serious misreadings of recent new historicist, post-structuralist, and feminist Romantic criticism. Using Rousseau as a guide and influence, he tackles head on the work of six important scholars — including Jerome McGann, Marilyn Butler, and Paul de Man — and argues that the ‘new orthodoxy’ is signally unable to perform the ultim ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, Rousseau, Jerome McGann, Marilyn Butler, Paul de Man, new orthodoxy, criticism, plangency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas McFarland, author
Princeton University