Romantic Prose Fiction

a volume in the

ICLA Comparative Literary History Series


Volume Outline

General Preface of the series CHLEL

Gerald Gillespie: General Introduction

PART ONE: Characteristic Themes

  1. Gregory Maertz (St. Johns, N.Y.): The Romantic idealisation of the artist from Goethe to Thomas Mann.

  2. Bernard Dieterle (St. Etienne): The "Wertheriade" and Romantic "Weltanschauung".

  3. Mihály Szegedy-Maszák (Eötvös): "Unheard melodies, unseen pictures". The "sister arts" in fiction.

  4. Claudia Albert (Berlin / Leipzig): Music and Romantic narration.

  5. Gerhart Hoffmeister (UC Santa Barbara): The French Revolution.

  6. Dirk Göttsche (Münster): The themes of freedom and progress.

  7. Annelise Ballegaard (Odense), Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus): Urbanity and Romantic prose fiction.

  8. Wilhelm Graeber (Göttingen): Nature and landscape.

  9. Frederick Garber (Binghamton): Boundaries and boundary crossing in Romantic narration.

  10. André Lorant (Paris): The wanderer in Romantic fiction.

  11. Monika Schmitz-Emans (Bochum): "Nightside of existence": Romantic madness.

  12. Manfred Engel (Hagen): Romantic dream narrations.

  13. Ernst Grabovszki (Wien): Doubling, doubles, duplicity, bipolarity.

  14. Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (Tübingen): Images of childhood in Romantic children's literature.

  15. Michael Andermatt (Zürich): Artificial life.

  16. Thomas Klinkert (Regensburg), Weertje Willms (TU Berlin): Romantic gender and sexuality.

  17. Virgil Nemoianu (Catholic Univ. of America): From historical narrative to fiction and back: A dialectical game.

  18. Paola Giacomoni (Trento): Mountain landscapes and the aesthetics of the sublime in Romantic narration.


PART TWO: Paradigms of Romantic Fiction

A. Generic Types and Representative Texts

  1. Hendrik van Gorp (Leuven): The "Gothic novel" as Romantic prose fiction.

  2. Manfred Engel (Hagen): The "Bildungsroman" and the "artist novel".

  3. Markus Bernauer (TU Berlin): The romance of history and the historical novel.

  4. Jörn Steigerwald (Gießen): The fairy-tale; the fantastic tale.

  5. Frederick Burwick (UC Los Angeles): Tales of mystery and horror; the uncanny and grotesque.

  6. Gerald Gillespie (Stanford): The detective story and novel.

  7. Santiago Rodriguez Guerrero-Strachan (Valladolid): Recit, story, tale, novella.


B. Modes of Discourse and Narrative Structures

  1. Monica Spiridon (Bucharest): Torn halves: Romantic narrative fiction between homophony and polyphony.

  2. Remo Ceserani (Bologna), Paolo Zanotti (Pisa): The fragment as structuring force.

  3. Sabine Kleine (Essen): Mirroring, abymization, potentiation (involution).

  4. Joan Curbet (Barcelona): Romantic fictional autobiographies.

  5. Christiane Leiteritz (Bochum): Forms and functions of satirical writing in Romantic prose.

  6. John Clairborn Isbell (Univ. of Indiana): Affinities between Romantic prose and verse narration.

  7. Dorothy Figueira (Univ. of Georgia, Athens): Myth in Romantic prose fiction.

  8. Annette Paatz (Göttingen): Romantic prose fiction and the shaping of social discourse in Latin America.


PART THREE: Contributions of Romanticism to 19th and 20th Century Writing and Thought

  1. Steven Sondrup (Brigham Young Univ.): Romantic fiction and Scandinavian experience.

  2. Takis Kayalis (Athens): The reception and modification of Romantic prose fiction in Greece (1830-1880).

  3. Ning Wang (Bejing): The impact of romantic fiction on Chinese literature.

  4. Yokota-Murakami Takayuki (Osaka): The troubled path of Romantic fiction in Modern Japan.

  5. Sven Halse (Odense):  The literary idyll in Germany, England, and Scandinavia.

  6. José Ricardo Chaves Pacheco (Mexico): Romanticism, occultism, and the fantastic genre in Spain and Latin America.

  7. Jeanne Smoot (Univ. of North Carol., Raleigh): Survival of Romanticism as a negative category in Realism.

  8. Joel Black (Univ. of Georgia, Athens): Anti-Naturalism and Neo-Aestheticism: Romantic legacies in fin-de-sičcle and early twentieth-century fiction.

  9. Owen Aldridge (Univ. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana): Ludic prose from Sterne to Carlos Fuentes.

  10. Monica Spiridon (Bucharest): The other "great tradition": Modern aftermaths of Romantic metafiction.

  11. Elaine Martin (Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa): Rewrites, remakes, retakes of core Romantic texts.

  12. Virgil Nemoianu (Catholic University of America): Periodization of 19th century types reconsidered.


Manfred Engel, Bernard Dieterle: Conclusion

General Bibliography



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