Bibliographic Details

Romanticism in national context / edited by Roy Porter, Mikuláš Teich.

Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Description x, 353 p. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Romanticism
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Porter, Roy, 1946-2002
Teich, Mikuláš
ISBN 0521326052
0521339138 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographies and index.
Review by Choice Review

With its 13 chapters (by 13 different authors, all from British universities) uneven in quality and emphasis, this book is perhaps best viewed as a reference work for students of Western and Eastern European romanticism. Yet it has much that a student, reading selectively, can discover, for it is rich in reference and replete with new figures to identify as romantics. Arrangement of the materials of romanticism by country does lead to valuable new insights; in the absence of a summarizing and correlating chapter, however, the reader must do the work of comparison and integration. Some countries are omitted, and, within individual essays, either folk studies, the arts, science, philosophy, or a range of other subjects is highlighted. Clarissa C. Orr's chapter on Switzerland, however, is particularly clear, providing excellent definitions as well as explanations of the relationship of Swiss romanticism (a new concept for some readers) to other European traditions, a function well in keeping with Switzerland's actual role and with the strong geographical emphasis of the text. Some authors seem to stretch the definition of romanticism; others include so much that discussion seems briefer. In all but very few instances, however, repetition is avoided. Although some authors do not address recent critical opinion, others present informative notes or insights that call for potentially fruitful examination of current assumptions. Appropriate for graduate, undergraduate, and community college students. E. Glass Rosemont College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review