German Studies THE ROMANTIC ERA By JuDITH PuRVER, Lecturer in German, University of Manchester I. GENERAL STUDIES The debate about the modernity and influence of German Romanti cism continues, but it has now entered more decisively into the English-speaking world, and specifically the realm of British scholar ship, than has hitherto been the case, aiming at a non-Germanist as well as a Germanist readership. For instance, most of the contributors to Cunningham, Romanticism, are historians of science rather than of literature, but their grasp of the literary, philosophical, cultural, and political context of the period is impressive. Although reference is made to France, Britain, and America, the volume is heavily weighted towards Germany as the origin of most of the seminal ideas of the period. Germanists may baulk at the inclusion of Goethe and Schiller under the rubric of Romanticism- although in a European context this is at least understandable - but the book, the first in English on the topic since 1941, does demonstrate the proximity of Goethe's ideas, in particular, to those of the Romantics. The aim is to give a systematic coverage of a field which, dismissed until quite recently, has over the past 15 years
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