French Studies 1 THE ROMANTIC ERA By M YR TO KONSTANTARAKOS, Lecturer at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London 1. GENERAL George Armstrong Kelly, The Human Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville and French Liberalism, CUP, xiv + 262 pp., compares their ideals and their social and political convictions. Michael L6wy and Robert Sayre, Revolte et melancolie: Ie romantisme a contre-courant de la modernite, Payot, 303 pp., discern more revolt than melancholia in the Romantic ideology, and read it through Lukacs, Rosa Luxembourg and Marx as a revolutionary power drawing inspiration from the past but turned towards the future. Romantisme, 74, contains several valuable essays on the subject of 'Rire et rires': D. Grojnowski, 'Comique litteraire et theorie du rire' (3-13), distinguishes two incompatible theories oflaughter in 1840; G. A. Tiberghien, 'Humain et dissolution de l'art' (15-22), relates Hegel's theory oflaughter to the death of art; E. Rosen, 'Grotesque et modernite' (23-28), is on the fortunes of the word 'grotesque': first used by Hugo in Cromwell, it became the symbol of the Romantic theory of modernity, but whilst for Hugo it denotes a new aesthetic order, Baudelaire links it with tradition; G. Espagne, 'L'aporie de l'humour' (29-36), on Jean
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