10. Romanticism

  1. M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch10

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

How to Cite

Habib, M. A. R. (2010) Romanticism, in Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160346

Online ISBN: 9781444328004



  • Romanticism, and the Later Nineteenth century;
  • Romanticism, intellectual and artistic disposition - its zenith, early decades of nineteenth century;
  • fundamental philosophical disposition of Romanticism - as irony, ability to accommodate conflicting perspectives of the world;
  • Romanticism, a complex connection - to bourgeois world views, rationalist, empiricist, individualist and utilitarian;
  • crucial human faculty, for integration - the imagination, Romantics seeing it as a unifying power;
  • Romanticism, wrongly characterized - displacing Enlightenment “reason” with emotion, instinct, spontaneity and imagination;
  • The Romantics, like Hegel - placing noumenal realm, within reach of human apprehension;
  • German philosopher and Protestant theologian, Friedrich Scheiermacher - foundations of modern hermeneutics;
  • Wordsworth's insistence on poetry - as a rational art, speaking of pleasure that “a Poet may rationally endeavour to impart”;
  • Coleridge, seeking antidote to evils - from universal principles of truth and morality as in the Bible


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Germany

  • France

  • England

  • America