Romanticism and the Object

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byLarry H. Peer

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Why are material objects so prominent in European Romantic literature, both as symbol and organizing device? This collection of essays maintains that European Romantic culture and its aesthetic artifacts were fundamentally shaped by “object aesthetics,” an artistic idiom of acknowledging, through a profound and often disruptive use of objects, the movement of Western aesthetic practice into Romantic self-projection and imagination. Of course Romanticism, in all its dissonance and anxiety, is marked by a number of new artistic practices, all of which make up a new aesthetics, accounting for the dialectical and symbolistic view of literature that began in the late eighteenth century. Romanticism and the Object adds to our understanding of that aesthetics by reexamining a wide range of texts in order to discover how the use of objects works in the literature of the time.

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Why are material objects so prominent in European Romantic literature, both as symbol and organizing device? This collection of essays maintains that European Romantic culture and its aesthetic artifacts were fundamentally shaped by “object aesthetics,” an artistic idiom of acknowledging, through a profound and often disruptive use of ...

Larry H. Peer is Professor of Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University. He is the Executive Director of the International Conference on Romanticism, editor of the journal Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, and the author of numerous books and essays in the field of Romanticism studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.33 × 5.68 × 0.67 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230617387

ISBN - 13:9780230617384

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Romanticizing the Object--Larry H. Peer * "Things Forever Speaking" and "Objects of all Thought”--Marilyn Gaull * "Perfectly Compatible Objects": Mr. Pitt Contemplates Britain and South America--Joselyn M. Almeida * Children as Subject and Object: Shelley v. Westbrook--Lisbeth Chapin * "I’ll Contrive a Sylvan Room": Certainty and Indeterminacy in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head, the Fables, and Other Poems (1807)--Mark Fulk * The Literal and Literacy Circulation of Amelia Curran’s Portrait of Percy Shelley--Diane Long Hoeveler * Shelley Incinerated--Michael Gamer * Keats and the Impersonal Craft of Writing--Magdalena Ostas * "Tun’d to Hymns of Perfect Love": The Anglican Liturgy as Romantic Object in John Keble’s The Christian Year--Chene Heady * Journeys to the East: Shelley and Novalis--William S. Davis * Weighing It Again--Charles Rzepka

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“Modern criticism of Romanticism as a cultural movement has often struggled with the near fetishization of the object by Romantic artists. In Romanticism and the Object the complexity of the transforming Romantic gaze is explored in a series of compellingly argued essays that demonstrate that romanticizing the world and the objects in it was, and continues to be, a creative act that embraces all of culture. This book represents a substantial and timely contribution to modern Romantic criticism, as it is characterized by its enormous range and the precision of analysis of the individual essays.”— Ray Fleming, John Francis Dugan Professor of Modern Languages and Humanities, Florida State University“Romanticism and the Object is an engaging, diverse, and perceptive collection of essays that impels us to pay attention to the complex significations resonating from things and objects in Romantic-period literature…an important contribution to Romantic scholarship and to our understandings of the Romantic foundations of our contemporary preoccupations with objects and commodities.”—Marjean Purinton, Professor of English and Associate Dean, University Honors College, Texas Tech University