Manfred Frank is Professor of Philosophy at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany. He is the author of many books, including The Subject and the Text: Essays in Literature and Philosophy.
Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the coeditor (with Jorge J. E. Gracia) of Latin American Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity and translator of The History of Philosophy in Colonial Mexico by Mauricio Beuchot.
Poetry is in fact the general ideal of the Romantics, Frederick Beiser tells us, but only if poetry is understood not just narrowly as poems but more broadly as things made by humans. Seen in this way, poetry becomes a revolutionary ideal that demanded--and still demands--that we transform not only literature and criticism but all the arts and sciences, that we break down the barriers between art and life, so that the world itself becomes "romanticized." Romanticism, in the view Beiser opens to us, does not conform to the contemporary division of labor in our universities and colleges; it requires a multifaceted approach of just the sort outlined in this book.
Introduction: Romanticism Now and Then
1. The Meaning of "Romantic Poetry"
2. Early German Romanticism: A. Characteristic
3. Early Romanticism and the AufklÃ¤rung
4. FrÃ1⁄4hromantik and Platonic Tradition
5. The Sovereignty of Art
6. The Concept of Bildung Early German Romanticism
7. Friedrich Schlegel: The Mysterious Romantic
8. The Paradox of Romantic Metaphysics
9. Kant and the Naturphilosophen
10. Religion and Politics in FrÃ1⁄4hromantik
The history, aesthetic strategies, and political implications of such translations of National Socialism into the realm of commercial, low brow, and 'sleaze' visual culture are the focus of this book. The contributors examine when and why the Nazisploitation genre emerged as it did, how it establishes and violates taboos, and why this iconography resonates with contemporary audiences.