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The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism

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The Literary Absolute is the first authoritative study of the emergence of the modern concept of literature in German romanticism. The authors trace this concept from the philosophical crisis bequeathed by Kant to his successors, to its development by the central figures of the Athenaeum group: the Schlegel brothers, Schelling, and Novalis.
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Paperback, 169 pages
Published February 28th 1988 by State University of New York Press (first published December 6th 1975)
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Feb 13, 2015 Meghan O'Dea rated it it was amazing
One of the lines that most struck me in The Literary Absolute was the Jean-Luc Nancy and Phillippe Lacaue-Labarthe's explanation of what was so absolute about Romantic literature, “Rather, it is theory itself as literature or, in other words, literature producing itself as it produces its own theory. The literary absolute is also, and perhaps above all, this absolute literary operation.” This perhaps best sums up what they attempt to do with this work-- that is, the authors don't so much present ...more
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