Romantic Prose Fiction

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| University of Oxford
| Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse
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In this volume a team of three dozen international experts presents a fresh picture of literary prose fiction in the Romantic age seen from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. The work treats the appearance of major themes in characteristically Romantic versions, the power of Romantic discourse to reshape imaginative writing, and a series of crucial reactions to the impact of Romanticism on cultural life down to the present, both in Europe and in the New World. Through its combination of chapters on thematic, generic, and discursive features, Romantic Prose Fiction achieves a unique theoretical stance, by considering the opinions of primary Romantics and their successors not as guiding “truths” by which to define the permanent “meaning” of Romanticism, but as data of cultural history that shed important light on an evolving civilization.

SPECIAL OFFER: 30% discount for a complete set order (5 vols.).The Romanticism series in the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages is the result of a remarkable international collaboration. The editorial team coordinated the efforts of over 100 experts from more than two dozen countries to produce five independently conceived, yet interrelated volumes that show not only how Romanticism developed and spread in its principal European homelands and throughout the New World, but also the ways in which the affected literatures in reaction to Romanticism have redefined themselves on into Modernism. A glance at the index of each volume quickly reveals the extraordinary richness of the series’ total contents. Romantic Irony sets the broader experimental parameters of comparison by concentrating on the myriad expressions of “irony” as one of the major impulses in the Romantic philosophical and artistic revolution, and by combining cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies with special attention also to literatures in less widely diffused language streams. Romantic Drama traces creative innovations that deeply altered the understanding of genre at large, fed popular imagination through vehicles like the opera, and laid the foundations for a modernist theater of the absurd. Romantic Poetry demonstrates deep patterns and a sharing of crucial themes of the revolutionary age which underlie the lyrical expression that flourished in so many languages and environments. Nonfictional Romantic Prose assists us in coping with the vast array of writings from the personal and intimate sphere to modes of public discourse, including Romanticism’s own self-commentary in theoretical statements on the arts, society, life, the sciences, and more. Nor are the discursive dimensions of imaginative literature neglected in the closing volume, Romantic Prose Fiction, where the basic Romantic themes and story types (the romance, novel, novella, short story, and other narrative forms) are considered throughout Europe and the New World. This enormous realm is seen not just in terms of Romantic theorizing, but in the light of the impact of Romantic ideas and narration on later generations. As an aid to readers, the introduction to Romantic Prose Fiction explains the relationships among the volumes in the series and carries a listing of their tables of contents in an appendix. No other series exists comparable to these volumes which treat the entirety of Romanticism as a cultural happening across the whole breadth of the “Old” and “New” Worlds and thus render a complex picture of European spiritual strivings in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, a heritage still very close to our age.

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Table of Contents
Gerald Gillespie
Part I. Characteristic themes
The French Revolution and prose fiction: Allegorization of history and its defeat by Romance
Gerhart Hoffmeister
Wertherism and the Romantic Weltanschauung
Bernard Dieterle
Romanticism and the idealisation of the artist
Gregory Maertz
'Unheard melodies and unseen pictures': The sister arts in Romantic fiction
Mihály Szegedy-Maszák
Music and Romantic narration
Claudia Albert
Nature and landscape between exoticism and national areas of imagination
Wilhelm Graeber
Mountain landscapes and the aesthetics of the sublime in Romantic narration
Paola Giacomoni
The 'wanderer' in Romantic prose fiction
André Lorant
Night-sides of existence: Madness, dream, etc.
Monika Schmitz-Emans
Doubling, doubles, duplicity, bipolarity
Ernst Grabovszki
Images of childhood in Romantic children's literature
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
Artificial life and Romantic brides
Michael Andermatt
Romantic gender and sexuality
Thomas Klinkert and Weertje Willms
Part II. Paradigms of Romantic fiction
A. Generic types and representative texts
The Gothic novel as a Romantic narrative genre
Hendrik van Gorp
Variants of the Romantic 'Bildungsroman' (with a short note on the 'artist novel')
Manfred Engel
Historical novel and historical Romance
Markus Bernauer
The fairy-tale, the fantastic tale
Jörn Steigerwald
The detective story and novel
Gerald Gillespie
Récit, story, tale, novella
Santiago Rodriguez Guerrero-Strachan
The literary idyll in Germany, England, and Scandinavia 1770-1848
Sven Halse
B. Modes of discourse and narrative structures
Address, relation, community: Boundaries and boundarycrossing in Romantic narration
Frederick Garber
Torn halves: Romantic narrative fiction between homophony and polyphony
Monica Spiridon
The fragment as structuring force
Remo Ceserani and Paolo Zanotti
Mirroring, abymization, potentiation (involution)
Sabine Rossbach
Romantic novel and verse Romance, 1750-1850: Is there a Romance continuum
John Clairborn Isbell
Myth in Romantic prose fiction
Dorothy Figueira
From historical narrative to fiction and back: A dialectical game
Virgil Nemoianu
Romantic prose fiction and the shaping of social discourse in Spanish America
Annette Paatz
Part III. Contributions of Romanticism to 19th and 20th century writing and thought
Narrative maneuvres in the 'periphery' the Spanish and Latin American novel during Romanticism
Juri Talvet
Romantic thought and style in 19th century Realism and Naturalism
Jeanne Smoot
Romantic legacies in fin-de-siècle and early 20th century fiction
Joel Black
Framing C.J.L. Almqvist: The narrative frame of Törnrosens bok and Romantic irony
Steven P. Sondrup
Romanticism, occultism and the fantastic genre in Spain and Latin America
José Ricardo Chaves
Romantic prose fiction in modern Japan: Finding an expression against the grain
Takayuki Yokota-Murakami
Ludic prose from Laurence Sterne to Carlos Fuentes
A. Owen Aldridge
Rewrites and remakes: Screen adaptations of Romantic works
Elaine Martin
Gerald Gillespie, Manfred Engel and Bernard Dieterle
Appendix (Table of Contents, vols. 1-4)
Index of Names in vol. 5
“[...] there are still relatively few truly comparative and collaborative studies of the kind represented by the volume at hand (and its counterparts in the ICLA'S CHLEL series). The continuing - indeed possibly even increasing - insularity of so much work in literary studies, despite all the cross-cultural name-dropping and second-hand allusion, is not worthy of an age, or a learned profession, that claims to have recognized the need for a heightened level of global awareness. That, if nothing else, is a compelling rationale for projects like Romantic Prose Fiction and the other volumes in the ICLA CHLEL series, and for their widest possible distribution and circulation.”
“This impressive volume offers a wealth of insights into the interrelationships of Romantic fictional prose throughout most of Europe and parts of the Americas, with additional glances toward Asia. Like its four predecessor volumes in the “Romanticism subseries" of the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (devoted, respectively, to Romatic irony, drama, poetry, and non-fictional prose), it is the result of a massive team effort by international scholars whose essays constantly interweave, reflecting on many of the same authors and works yet linking them to ever new texts and contexts. [...] Romantic Prose Fiction is a remarkable achievement, not only for the rich scope of materials and insights it offers, but for its valuable sub-text of self-reflection on the way a comparative study of Romanticism helps at times to clarify - and at times to problematize - our modern critical consciousness.”
“[...] das Buch bietet erstens eine gute Einführung in romantische Denk- und Darstellingsformen, und es bekommt zweitens durch das grosse Spektrum an komparatistischen Perspektiven den Charakter eines lehrreichen Handbuchs zur Romantik als internationaler Entwicklung, dessen Lektüre gerade auch jedem Germanisten empfohlen sei.”
“The editors of this volume are to be complimented on the comprehensive nature and quality of the studies they include. The impressive range of contributors is testimony in itself to the standard of scholarship on show, with some of the leading names in the field featuring prominently. There is also a notably international array of contributors, something crucial to but often absent from such volumes which claim comprehensive coverage and a comparative approach. In choosing such an array, the editors have managed to negotiate the potential pitfalls surrounding such comparative works, which perversely often fail to represent a truly broad range of approaches and cultural diversities. The volume ends with a full listing of the content of all five volumes in the subseries. The range of material covered is impressive and, even at a glance, it is clear what a mammoth undertaking this has been. The current volume is valuable in itself but, seen in the context of the entire subseries, it becomes clear that the editors have created an invaluable critical resource which would greatly enhance any scholarly library.”
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2008. The horizons of romanticism, two centuries later. Neohelicon 35:2  pp. 163 ff. Crossref logo

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