178 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5711-0
Published: May 2020
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The author examines Novalis' Hyazinth und Rosenblüte, Atlantis, Arion and Eros und Fabel as well as Tieck's Der blonde Eckbert and Der Runenberg. A concluding chapter examines spatio-temporal patterns in the Romantic fairy tale at large.
"Among the abundance of scholarship treating the Romantic Kunstmärchen, Gordon Birrell's The Boundless Present constitutes a significant and original contribution. The importance of the study. . . is derived not solely from the ingenuity of Birrell's spatial and temporal approach to selected Kunstmärchen by Novalis and Tieck. Rather, the particular success of this study lies equally in its contribution to our understanding of the Romantic Kunstmärchen as a genre, based on the author's convincing extrapolations from the specific works treated here."--MLN