RECENT GERMAN LITERATURE: ‘Romantic’ or ‘romantic’?

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Scholars routinely distinguish between ‘historical’ and ‘typological’ romanticism, but only in Germany has the distinction continued to arouse strong feelings among those, like the dramatist Peter Hacks and the philosopher-critic Rüdiger Safranski, who, arguing that historical Romanticism belongs to the past, detect ‘romantic’ tendencies in contemporary German culture. Yet the conspicuous turn to precisely that historical-Romantic past in their fictions by writers ranging from Christa Wolf to Günter Grass, from Henning Boëtius to Kai Meyer, from Gisela Kraft to Brigitte Struzyk — for reasons both personal and social, for agendas both liberal and conservative but distinctly non-‘romantic’ — suggest that historical Romanticism is still alive and well today in the minds and imagination of many.

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