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The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation

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Claiming that the scholarship and criticism of Romanticism and its works have for too long been dominated by a Romantic ideology—by an uncritical absorption in Romanticism's own self-representations—Jerome J. McGann presents a new, critical view of the subject that calls for a radically revisionary reading of Romanticism.

In the course of his study, McGann analyzes both the
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Paperback, 182 pages
Published February 15th 1985 by University Of Chicago Press (first published February 1st 1985)
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Lorraine
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I imagine that at the time this was written it would've been truly revolutionary, especially given what it says about reading and ideology in general. As it is, it's pretty good -- particularly in regard to what it claims about Romantic irony and Romantic art. Everyone now knows (well, I think everyone should know but I'm apparently a terrible barometer) that German Idealism's rise was concurrent with Romanticism, and that it involves positing (and prizing) a transhistorical sort of consciousnes ...more
Alyce Hunt
No matter how hard I tried to take this in, I found it impossible. Something about the way McGann writes is clunky and not compelling, and compared to most of the books on Romanticism I've read, this one didn't offer any kind of new insight. Focused heavily on Shelley and Byron, while also exploring Coleridge and Wordsworth, not a single female Romantic is mentioned, which was disappointing.
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