Denouement: Farewell to Jena

in The Romantic Conception of Life

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226712109
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226712185 | DOI:
Denouement: Farewell to Jena

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At the turn of the eighteenth century, with the catalysts of the French and Kantian revolutions, everything seemed to change. A group gathered in Jena—poets, novelists, philosophers, historians, literary critics—individuals who self-consciously attempted to create things anew. Their very style of life announced that ancient and corroded chains of philosophic, moral, and scientific assumptions had been broken. Their ideas flashed with originality, cracking encrusted modes of thought like stale bread. Human beings had to face the fragmented and contending elements of life, yet as progressive creatures, they continued to strive toward the ideal of unity, perhaps never achieving it. Yet the goal of unity lay before them as that paradise they occasionally glimpsed in their most intimate personal relationships.

Keywords: revolution; Jenna; relationships; human beings; unity

Chapter.  4452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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