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The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol

Nicholas Halmi


Despite its widely acknowledged importance in and beyond the thought of the Romantic period, the distinctive concept of the symbol articulated by such writers as Goethe and F. W. J. Schelling in Germany and S. T. Coleridge in England has defied adequate historical explanation. This book provides an explanation by relating the content of Romantic symbolist theory — often criticized as irrationalist — to the cultural needs of its time. Because its genealogical method eschews a single disciplinary perspective, this book examines the Romantic concept of the symbol in a broader intellectual context ... More

Keywords: Goethe, F. W. J. Schelling, S. T. Coleridge, symbol, Romantic symbolist theory, irrationalist, literary criticism, modern discontents, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Halmi, author
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Washington, Seattle
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