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RealpoetikEuropean Romanticism and Literary Politics$
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Paul Hamilton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686179.001.0001

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Friedrich Schlegel’s Concert of Europe

Friedrich Schlegel’s Concert of Europe

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(p.123) 5 Friedrich Schlegel’s Concert of Europe
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Realpoetik
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Paul Hamilton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686179.003.0006

Schlegel’s project of the journal Europa is compared to Staël’s De l’Allemagne and their similar construction of a European counter-image to Napoleon’s conquered territories. Schlegel’s expansion of ideas of relationship in his novel Lucinde also contrasts iIluminatingly with Chateaubriand’s Christian revival of forms of connection and synthesis forgotten by political discourse. Fundamentally the chapter examines Schlegel’s confidence too that we share a franchise best expressed in religious idiom. Lucinde is its most provocative expression, but the same aim is detectable in the post-Restoration writings of the 1820s. By then, Metternich thinks the novel (Roman) of history is over, and Schlegel’s ideas are certainly competing unsuccessfully with the emerging culture of Realpolitik. But the harmonious political alternative he puts together throughout his work is of its time, something that was lost not something that never existed, and is recovered in this chapter.

Keywords:   Eroticism, Metternich, political representation, Realpolitik, Congress of Vienna

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