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Lecture 2 Unworking romanticism

By romanticism, I mean Jena or early German Romanticism, particularly the work of Friedrich Schlegel, more particularly the publication of the journal Athenäum between 1798 and 1800, and more particularly still the ensembles of fragments published in that journal. Thus, I will be working with quite a narrow understanding of romanticism, which might be provisionally defined as the attempt, and, as we will see, only the attempt, to unify philosophy and poetry, or to heal the wound which has been festering since Plato’s Republic between the claims of philosophy and literature.