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The Resource Impossible individuality : Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802, Gerald N. Izenberg

Impossible individuality : Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802, Gerald N. Izenberg

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Impossible individuality : Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802
Title
Impossible individuality
Title remainder
Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802
Statement of responsibility
Gerald N. Izenberg
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Studying major writers and philosophers - Schlegel and Schleiermacher in Germany, Wordsworth in England, and Chateaubriand in France - Gerald Izenberg shows how a combination of political, social, and psychological developments resulted in the modern concept of selfhood. More than a study of one national culture influencing another, this work goes to the heart of kindred intellectual processes in three European countries. Izenberg makes two persuasive and related arguments. The first is that the Romantics developed a new idea of the self as characterized by fundamentally opposing impulses: a drive to assert the authority of the self and expand that authority to absorb the universe, and the contradictory impulse to surrender to a greater idealized entity as the condition of the self's infinity. The second argument seeks to explain these paradoxes historically, showing how romantic individuality emerged as a compromise. Izenberg demonstrates how the Romantics retreated, in part, from a preliminary, radically activist ideal of autonomy they had worked out under the impact of the French Revolution. They had begun by seeing the individual self as the sole source of meaning and authority, but the convergence of crises in their personal lives with the crises of the revolution revealed this ideal as dangerously aggressive and self-aggrandizing. In reaction, the Romantics shifted their absolute claims for the self to the realm of creativity and imagination, and made such claims less dangerous by attributing totality to nature, art, lover, or state, which in return gave that totality back to the self
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
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Izenberg, Gerald N.
Dewey number
809/.93384
Index
index present
LC call number
PN751
LC item number
.I94 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Self in literature
  • Romanticism
  • Literature and revolutions
  • Moi (Psychologie) dans la littérature
  • Romantisme
  • Littérature et révolutions
  • Romantiek
  • Zelfbewustzijn
  • Literatuurwetenschap
Label
Impossible individuality : Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802, Gerald N. Izenberg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [335]-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24319460
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780691069265
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91030848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1456431
  • (OCoLC)24319460
Label
Impossible individuality : Romanticism, revolution, and the origins of modern selfhood, 1787-1802, Gerald N. Izenberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [335]-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24319460
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780691069265
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91030848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1456431
  • (OCoLC)24319460

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