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Spanish Romantic literary theory and criticism /
Derek Flitter.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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xiii, 220 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521390680
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
isbn
0521390680
general note
Revision of the author's doctoral thesis, University of Oxford.
catalogue key
3081798
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-216) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
This signal work examines the orgins of Spanish romanticism by a thorough study of the movement's literary theory and criticism. Unlike previous critics, Flitter convincingly proves that romanticism in Spain has German roots, coming most notably from Herder and the Schlegel brothers, as early as 1820. He shows clearly that the traditional approach of crediting the movement to exiles returning to Spain after Fernando VII's death is not only superficial, but invalid and unable to withstand intellectual scrutiny. He demonstrates that most Spanish romantic literature emanates from sources "restorative, traditionalist, and Christian. . ." and defines romanticism as a "spiritual literature, the product of Christian belief, and. . .directly opposed to rationalism and materialism." Particularly forceful and authoritative are the chapters on Chateaubriand and Fern'an Caballero. Very well documented and carefuly edited, this study sets a high standard for, and substantially alters, critical orientation for subsequent romantic theorists. Useful and complete 11-page bibliography. Most suitable for libraries serving those interested in 19th-century Hispanism, comparative literature, or the history of art. R. B. Klein; University of Mississippi
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"Spanish Romantic Literary Theory and Criticism is the most comprehensive and important study of this topic to date. The detailed summaries of and commentaries on numerous articles by nineteenth-century critics provide a treasure-house of information. Flitter's thesis of the dominance of literary theories of historicity, organicity, nationalism, and morality in Spanish criticism of the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s is overwhelmingly established and rings true to those of us who have spent many hours perusing mid-nineteenth-century Spanish periodicals." Brian J. Dendle, Canadian Review of Hispanic Studies
"...constitutes a valuable contribution to the scholarship of Spanish (Peninsular) Literary Romanticism..." Canadian Journal of Latin American and Carribean Studies
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This study provides a fresh assessment of Spanish Romanticism through a sympathetic appraisal of its literary theory and criticism. It identifies the origins of Spanish Romantic thought in the theories of German Romantic thinkers, in particular Herder's historicism. The range of reference, from the articles of Bohl von Faber to the judgements made by Canete and Valera is counterpointed by the detail of close readings of books and articles published between 1834 and 1844, together with an examination of the ideas which informed the creative work of Fernan Caballero. Derek Flitter's use of the history of ideas offers a corrective to the recent preponderance of political approaches to Spanish Romanticism, countering their stress on its radical and liberal associations with a detailed demonstration that the majority of Spanish Romantic writers derived their inspiration from restorative, traditionalist and Christian elements in their contemporaries' theory and criticism.
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This study provides a fresh assessment of Spanish Romanticism through a sympathetic appraisal of its literary theory and criticism. It identifies the origins of Spanish Romantic thought in the theories of German Romantic thinkers, in particular Herder's historicism. Derek Flitter's use of the history of ideas offers a corrective to the recent preponderance of political approaches to Spanish Romanticism, countering their stress on its radical and liberal associations with a detailed demonstration that the majority of Spanish Romantic writers derived their inspiration from restorative, traditionalist and Christian elements in their contemporaries' theory and criticism.
Main Description
This study provides a fresh assessment of Spanish Romanticism through a sympathetic appraisal of its literary theory and criticism. It identifies the origins of Spanish Romantic thought in the theories of German Romantic thinkers, in particular Herder's historicism. The range of reference, from the articles of Böhl von Faber to the judgments made by Cañete and Valera is counterpointed by the detail of close readings of books and articles published between 1834 and 1844, together with an examination of the ideas that informed the creative work of Fernán Caballero. Derek Flitter's use of the history of ideas offers a corrective to the recent preponderance of political approaches to Spanish Romanticism, countering their stress on its radical and liberal associations with a detailed demonstration that the majority of Spanish Romantic writers derived their inspiration from restorative, traditionalist, and Christian elements in their contemporaries' theory and criticism.
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This study provides a fresh assessment of Spanish Romanticism through a sympathetic appraisal of its literary theory and criticism. It identifies the origins of Spanish Romantic thought in the theories of German Romantic thinkers, in particular Herder's historicism.
Table of Contents
Introduction
B+ hl von Faber and the establishment of a traditionalist Romanticism
The consolidation of Romantic ideas: 1820-1833
The exiles, liberal Romanticism and developments in criticism
Condemnation and clarification in the literary debate
Reaffirmation of Schlegelian principles in literary criticism
The religious spirit in literary ideas and the influence of Chateaubriand
The perception of literature-s role in society
Romantic traditionalism in the work of Fern+ín Caballero
Conclusions: the mid-century
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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