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German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism , Aesthetic Theory, and And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

THIS WORK OFFERS MAJOR critical texts by Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Ludwig Tieck, Karl Solger, Jean Paul Richter, August Wilhelm von Schlegel, and of course Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Kathleen Wheeler also provides an admirably straightforward explication of the ideas and issues that engaged these romantic thinkers and literati, and a strong reminder that their work anticipated many contemporary interests, from the role of language to that of irony in art. Much of the material here has been previously unavailable in English; two more anthologies covering additional materials from the same period are still to come. The anthology is extremely useful for understanding the presuppositions and expectations of contemporary neoromantic artists, non-German as well well as German. It reminds us of how pervasive German romantic ideas are in contemporary thinking about art.

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