Beware Construction Site! Building Romanticism: Investigating the Concept and Conceptualization of 'English Romanticism' in the Context of American Literary Criticism

Research output: ThesisPh.D. thesis

Abstract

The dissertation examines the conceptualization of 'English romanticism' in a long critical-historical perspective, from the early nineteenth century to the 1980s. The focus is on recent (from about 1950 onwards) American literary scholar-critics and theorists' 'elective affinities with English romanticism (in M. H. Abrams, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman), in particular with William Wordsworth's work, which is considered prototypical and exemplary for the understanding of English romanticism as advocated here, not least by Hartman. A series of close readings of core texts by these prominent scholars and critics argue - as the dissertation's main point and major contribution to literary research - for an affinity between the revolutionary, genre-breaking poetics of English romanticism/Wordsworth on the one hand, and in particular Geoffrey Hartman's development of a 'creative criticism' on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Date of defence7. Dec 2020
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • English romanticism, history of literary criticism, intellectual history, American literary criticism and theory, creative criticism
  • William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, René Wellek, Grant Webster, M.H. Abrams, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Jerome McGann, Anne Mellor

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