Karoline von Günderrode
Philosophical Romantic

Joanna Raisbeck

Germanic Literatures 26

Legenda

  2022

ISBN: 978-1-839540-25-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-839540-26-4 (paperback, 2023)

ISBN: 978-1-839540-27-1 (JSTOR ebook)

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Karoline von Günderrode’s biography – and in particular her early death – have long overshadowed an appreciation of her literary works. Closer attention to her poems, prose writings and plays reveals Günderrode’s remarkable engagement with the philosophical, literary, and scientific debates of her age. Joanna Raisbeck’s study is the first to uncover a consistent theme throughout Günderrode, one which stems from the desire to combat the prevalent philosophical dangers of both materialism and atheism. Günderrode, it emerges, is the most consistent thinker of Spinozist pantheism – the idea that God and nature are the same – not just in German Romanticism, but in her age, and uses a new interpretation of Spinoza as a means to write about questions of determinism, autonomy, and what differences there might be, if at all, between humankind and nature.

Joanna Raisbeck is Lecturer in German at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

Bibliography entry:

Raisbeck, Joanna, Karoline von Günderrode: Philosophical Romantic, Germanic Literatures, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Joanna Raisbeck, Karoline von Günderrode: Philosophical Romantic, Germanic Literatures, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Raisbeck, p. 47.

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Raisbeck, Joanna. 2022. Karoline von Günderrode: Philosophical Romantic, Germanic Literatures, 26 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Raisbeck 2022: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Raisbeck 2022: 21.

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