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Romanticism, Hellenism, and the Philosophy of Nature

Authors: Davis, William S.

  • Engages with Romantic Hellenism in Germany and England
    Focuses on five crucial figures who straddle the domains of philosophy and poetry
    Argues that the study of Romanticism benefits from an understanding of Kantian ideas

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This book investigates intersections between the philosophy of nature and Hellenism in British and German Romanticism, focusing primarily on five central literary/philosophical figures: Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich Hölderlin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. Near the end of the eighteenth century, poets and thinkers reinvented Greece as a site of aesthetic and ontological wholeness, a move that corresponded with a refiguring of nature as a dynamically interconnected web in which each part is linked to the living whole. This vision of a vibrant materiality that allows us to become “one with all that lives,” along with a Romantic version of Hellenism that wished to reassemble the broken fragments of an imaginary Greece as both site and symbol of this all-unity, functioned as a two-pronged response to subjective anxiety that arose in the wake of Kant and Fichte. The result is a form of resistance to an idealism that appeared to leave little room for a world of beauty, love, and nature beyond the self.


About the authors

William S. Davis is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and German at Colorado College, USA.


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“This is an acute and lucid study of a resonant set of concerns informing all kinds of Romantic literature and thinking.  A good many poets and philosophers were beguiled by and took their bearings from ancient Greek culture, infusing Romantic texts in Britain and Germany with theories, motifs, and organizing principles, a culture that helped the Romantics think especially about nature.  Davis elucidates all this through his inspired focus on the more or less anxious insistence on oneness, from the precarious unity of the individual self, after Kant, to nothing less than the totality of the cosmos. With the gift of this study, we are in a far better position to understand the rhetoric and force of so many crucial Romantic texts and the thinking behind them.” (Ian Balfour, York University, Toronto, Canada)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Romantic Hellenism, the Philosophy of Nature, and Subjective Anxiety

    Davis, William S.

    Pages 1-11

  • Intellectual Intuition: With Hölderlin, “Lost in the Wide Blue”

    Davis, William S.

    Pages 13-47

  • The Philosophy of Nature: Goethe, Schelling, and the World Soul

    Davis, William S.

    Pages 49-86

  • Aesthetic/Erotic Intuition: Hölderlin, Shelley, and the Islands of the Archipelago

    Davis, William S.

    Pages 87-133

  • Coda: With Byron on Acrocorinth

    Davis, William S.

    Pages 135-149

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Hardcover $74.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romanticism, Hellenism, and the Philosophy of Nature
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91292-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91292-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91291-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 156
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