The Origins of Modern Critical Thought: German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism from Lessing to Hegel

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David Simpson
CUP Archive, Oct 28, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 449 pages
Originally published in 1988, this book provides a comprehensive anthology in English of the major texts of German literary and aesthetic theory between Lessing and Hegel. It represents a one-volume compendium of the three-volume set of German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism published by Cambridge University Press in 1984 and 1985. The texts contained in this volume are crucial to an understanding not only of the Romantic period itself, but also of the foundational concepts and arguments of literary theory. An exceptional resource, this book will be indispensable to literary theorists, philosophers, political scientists, and anyone else interested in the contributions of Romantic aesthetics to nineteenth-century and later theories of social organisation.

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Contents

LESSING
25
HERDER
69
KANT
87
SCHILLER
127
FRIEDRICH SCHLEGEL
177
FICHTE
209
A W SCHLEGEL
251
NOVALIS
273
JEAN PAUL RICHTER
291
SOLGER
319
SCHOPENHAUER
331
HEGEL
355
Notes
399
Bibliography
441
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Page 441 - Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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