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Realpoetik: European Romanticism and Literary Politics

Paul Hamilton


This book compares writings of some major German, French, and Italian Romantics with each other, and with an eye to their differences from British Romanticism. These writers’ use of fiction or poetics is realistic—not realist, but fundamentally contributory to the purposes of non-fictional discourse. The political resonance audible when we put Real at the start of a compound noun is also true to a period when positive political institutions were recovering from their upending in the French Revolution and their strategic re-shaping in the period of Restoration after Napoleon. The book pinpoints ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, Europe, poetics, idealism, religion, aesthetics, pessimism, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hamilton, author
Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London