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The German Tradition of Psychology in Literature and Thought, 1700-1840 By Matthew Bell

The German Tradition of Psychology in Literature and Thought, 1700-1840

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The period from 1700 to 1840 produced some highly sophisticated psychological theorising that became central to German intellectual and cultural life long before the commonly accepted start of psychology as a discipline in the late-nineteenth century. Matthew Bell analyses expressions of psychological theory in Goethe, Kant, Schiller and others.

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The German Tradition of Psychology in Literature and Thought, 1700-1840 by Matthew Bell

The beginnings of psychology are usually dated from experimental psychology and Freudian psychoanalysis in the late-nineteenth century. Yet the period from 1700 to 1840 produced some highly sophisticated psychological theorising that became central to German intellectual and cultural life, well in advance of similar developments in the English-speaking world. Matthew Bell explores how this happened, by analysing the expressions of psychological theory in Goethe's Faust, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and in the works of Lessing, Schiller, Kleist and E. T. A. Hoffmann. This study pays special attention to the role of the German literary renaissance of the last third of the eighteenth century in bringing psychological theory into popular consciousness and shaping its transmission to the nineteenth century. All German texts are translated into English, making this fascinating area of European thought fully accessible to English readers for the first time.

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The German Tradition of Psychology in Literature and Thought, 1700-1840 Reviews


'Bell does an excellent job of charting the German psychology of his chosen period, exploring the expression of psychological theories ... He succeeds admirably in one of his stated goals, which is to show that theoretical developments in psychology had a significant impact upon the literature and thought of the period. ... As an illumination of an important part of psychology's 'long past', this work is masterful ... students of literature and comparative literature will celebrate Bell's exploration of the rich vein of psychological ideas to be found in the German literature and thought of the period covered.' The Times Literary Supplement

About Matthew Bell


Matthew Bell is Senior Lecturer in German and Director of the Comparative Literature Programme at King's College London.

Table of Contents


Introduction; 1. The 'long past': psychology before 1700; 2. The Enlightenment: rationalism and sensibility; 3. Melancholy Titans and suffering women in Storm and Stress drama; 4. Weimar classicism and empirical psychology; 5. Idealism's campaign against psychology; 6. Romanticism and animal magnetism; 7. After Romanticism: the physiological unconscious; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR010027044
The German Tradition of Psychology in Literature and Thought, 1700-1840 by Matthew Bell
Matthew Bell
Cambridge Studies in German
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-06-18
316
0521114160
9780521114165
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