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Title: Kierkegaard and Romanticism
Contributor(s): McDonald, William  (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Kierkegaard has an ambivalent attitude toward the Romantics. On the one hand, in his master's dissertation, he savages the concept of irony in the work of the early German Romantics Friedrich Schlegel, Ludwig Tieck, and Karl Solger. In 'Either/Or' he satirizes Friedrich Schlegel's novel 'Lucinde', and in his pseudonymous authorship he relegates the aesthetic, which he takes to be almost synonymous with Romantic (Söderquist 2008: 222), to the lowest stage on life's way. On the other hand, in his literary reviews Kierkegaard borrows some of his key critical tools from Schlegel. He also models the structure of 'Either/Or' partly on Friedrich Schleiermacher's 'Confidential Letters On Lucinde' (Crouter 2005: 110-17), and he borrows other elements from the late German Romantic Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (Purver 2008: 42-3). But most importantly, Kierkegaard engages vigorously with Romantic aesthetics, analysing, playing with, and critically transforming some of its central concepts, such as irony, the interesting, reflection, the individual and love, as well as some of the early Romantics' key questions.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard, p. 94-111
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780199601301
Field of Research (FOR): 220209 History of Ideas
220402 Comparative Religious Studies
220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950404 Religion and Society
970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology
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