Confrontations brings, together in one volume six essays by the distinguished critic René Wellek. Five have been previously published but are now practically unobtainable; one, "German and English Romanticism: A Confrontation," is previously unpublished. The books roam emphasis is on the spread of German philosophical and critical ideas to England and the United States. The first essay examines the differences between German and English Romanticism. In the following essays, Professor Wellek examines the Impact of German philosophy and literary theory on the Ideas of Carlyle and De Quincey. In the final two essays, he considers attitudes held by New England Transcendentalists, especially Emerson, toward German philosophy.
Originally published in 1965.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Preface, pg. v
- Contents, pg. vii
- Chapter One. German and English Romanticism: A Confrontation (1963), pg. 1
- Chapter Two. Carlyle and German Romanticism (1929), pg. 34
- Chapter Three. Carlyle and the Philosophy of History (1944), pg. 82
- Chapter Four. De Quincey's Status in the History of Ideas (1944), pg. 114
- Chapter Five. The Minor Transcendentalists and German Philosophy (1943), pg. 153
- Chapter Six. Emerson and German Philosophy (1943), pg. 187
- Index, pg. 213