Karoline von Günderrode
Philosophical Romantic

Joanna Raisbeck

Germanic Literatures 26

Legenda

8 October 2022  •  272pp

ISBN: 978-1-839540-25-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

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

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. Günderrode 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 and Wadham College, University of Oxford. She is the winner of both the Klaus Heyne-Award for Research in German Romanticism (2021) and the Novalis Prize (2022) for her work on Günderrode.

Reviews:

  • ‘Joanna Raisbeck has written a wide-ranging, deeply learned, lucid and philo- sophically stimulating account of the works of Karoline von Günderrode. The book can be counted as one of the crowning achievements of a recent wave of scholarship in English that grasps Günderrode as a key thinker of German Romantic philosophy... It is a groundbreaking book, and one can only hope that the potential she unearths in Günderrode will continue to animate the imaginations of generations of readers to come.’ — Gabriel Trop, Modern Language Notes 138.3, April 2023, 1248-52 (full text online)

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Bibliography entry:

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

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

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Raisbeck, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

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