"Not only visual arts, but also literature, theatre, film, architecture and music come into consideration, therefore the book is highly recommended to anybody interested in cultural interconnections and in understanding the long-lasting impact of Romanticism better." (Zoltán Somhegyi, The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics No. 46/2013)
The first decade of the 21st century offers the possibility of a cartography of the 20th century from a short but increasingly clear distance. Central to such an undertaking, however, is the question of its predetermining structural origins in the 18th and 19th centuries; this collection of critical texts and essays is concerned with these origins.
The title “Facing Mental Landscapes” and subtitle “Self-Reflections in the Mirror of Nature” programmatically refer to an individual reflecting the surrounding physical universe as a mere projection of the mind: around both 1800 and 1900, major paradigm shifts emerged from an intellectual crisis within just over two decades. In literature, fine arts and music, these radical innovations - primarily philosophically motivated - went through transformative stages in the course of the 20th century. One of the main goals of this volume therefore is to contribute to a reconstruction of these iconographic or iconoclastic formations of discourse between and within the two eras of Idealism or Romanticism and Modernism.
With contributions by Jale N. Erzen, László F. Földényi, Ursula Franke, Christiane Heibach, Karl Hepfer, Klaus Herding, James Knowlson, Klaus Lankheit, Anett Lütteken, Manfred Milz, Tanehisa Otabe, Ulrich Pfarr, Wieland Schmied, Jörg Traeger and Christopher S. Wilson.