Romantic Literary Criticism Criticism: The German Romantics - Essay

René Wellek (essay date 1955)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wellek, René. “The Early Romantics in Germany.” In A History of Modern Criticism: 1750-1950: The Romantic Age, pp. 74-109. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955.

[In the following excerpt, Wellek discusses the critical perspectives of Schelling, Novalis, Wackenroder, and Tieck.]

SCHELLING

Kant is usually considered the fountainhead of German aesthetics, but one could argue that the German romanticists never adopted Kant's main position; certainly they do not share his cautious temper and his conservative taste. When in 1796 F. W. J. Schelling (1775-1854) drew up his program of a new philosophy, he completely ignored Kant's...

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Jochen Schulte-Sasse (essay date 1988)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Schulte-Sasse, Jochen. “The Concept of Literary Criticism in German Romanticism.” In A History of German Literary Criticism, 1730-1980, edited by Peter Uwe Hohendahl, pp. 99-177. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

[In the following excerpt, Schulte-Sasse traces the development of German Romantic critical theory from its early stage, associated with the social critique of contemporary conditions, to its later stage when the movement's critical potential was diminishing.]

THE CONCEPT OF CRITICISM IN THE CONTEXT OF ROMANTIC THEORIES OF ART

If we want to assess the Romantic concept of criticism in terms of social history, we...

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