Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau

Hardcover | August 1, 1989

byThomas McFarland

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Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau presents a timely and thorough-going critique of recent thinking on Romanticism. Beginning from the conviction that Rousseau may well have been the most important cultural figure of the last quarter millenium, Thomas McFarland confronts the misplaced emphases and serious misreadings of recent new historicist, post-structuralist, and feminist Romantic criticism. Using Rousseauas a guide and influence, McFarland tackles head on the work of six important scholars - including Jerome McGann, Marilyn Butler, and Paul deMan - and argues that the 'new orthodoxy' is signally unable to perform the ultimate task of criticism: to discern quality . In its place, McFarland advocatesan attention to the 'texture' of the cultural fabric of Romanticism, in order to restore our sense of what Romanticism is, and to allow us to hear again the plangency of its distinctive bvoice.

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Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau presents a timely and thorough-going critique of recent thinking on Romanticism. Beginning from the conviction that Rousseau may well have been the most important cultural figure of the last quarter millenium, Thomas McFarland confronts the misplaced emphases and serious misreadings of recent n...

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Romanticism and the Heritage of Rousseau presents a timely and thorough-going critique of recent thinking on Romanticism. Beginning from the conviction that Rousseau may well have been the most important cultural figure of the last quarter millennium, Thomas McFarland confronts the misplaced emphases and serious misreadings of recent n...

Thomas McFarland is a Murray Professor of English Literature Emeritus at Princeton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198182872

ISBN - 13:9780198182870

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`his aim is admirable, his grip on detail tenacious, and his knowledge of his antagonists intimate'English Studies