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TitelPanel: Romantic Systems; GSA 2013
BeschreibungPanel: Romantic Systems (GSA 2013, Denver, CO)

German Romantic thought had a second figure to match and complement its long-standing identification with the fragment: the system. Friedrich Schlegel claimed that the “new mythology” would be written in the spirit of Spinoza, whose deductive style is, on the surface, quite the opposite of what Schlegel himself published in the Athenäum. Indeed, Romanticism abounds with systemic engagements both philosophical and social, from explicit statements like Schlegel’s, to Novalis’ encyclopedic project, to the scientific interests of Alexander von Humboldt and the cultural and political efforts of his brother Wilhelm.
The legacy of Romanticism is also shot through with this systemic interest, from the rejections of Romantic Naturphilosophie explored by Karl Heinz Bohrer to the anti-systemic (yet systemically interested) readings of Romanticism in deconstruction to the rehabilitation of key Romantic insights in the name of systems-theory in Niklas Luhmann’s work. The notion of Romantic “system(s)” both in Romanticism and in its legacy is a moving target: some thinkers reject the notion for Romanticism altogether; others claim Romanticism has a defective systemic pretension; while yet others place their own systems in dialogue with Romantic insights.
This seminar seeks papers that explore the long history of Romantic systems. Taking a cue from Ernst Cassirer’s description of the Enlightenment as already informed by a “systematic spirit” while avoiding a dogmatic “spirit of the system,” we encourage interdisciplinary papers that engage the figure of the system in Romanticism and its legacy. We hope to contribute to an underexplored area of the current historiography of Romanticism by discussing philosophical, scientific, even political and social systems—and the differences between these—in relation to Romantic thought broadly construed. We suspect that the figure of the “system” in Romanticism and its legacy is not only of deep historical interest, but can contribute to contemporary debates in literature, philosophy, and the history of science.

We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract of 250 words by February 12th to Leif Weatherby ( or Adrian Daub (

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VeranstaltungsortDenver, CO, USA
PersonName: Adrian Daub 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1770 - 1830; Literaturtheorie: Themen
Klassifikation13.00.00 Goethezeit; 14.00.00 Romantik; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert
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