© 2001

The Romantic Idea of a University

England and Germany, 1770–1850


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 59-85
  3. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 108-133
  4. Michael J. Hofstetter
    Pages 134-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 138-162

About this book


By the late eighteenth century, universities in England and Germany had lost their sense of purpose. The romantics then presented them with a new one, a new Idea of a university. In Germany, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and others stressed that universities must teach more effectively; in England, Coleridge and Wordsworth attached to the German Idea a desire to keep the universities part of England's national church.


Coleridge Romanticism university

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Southwest State UniversityMarshallUSA

About the authors

MICHAEL HOFSTETTER is Associate Professor of History at Southwest State University in Minnesota.

Bibliographic information


'...he makes a real contribution to our knowledge of the history of universities...' Brian Hendley, History of Education Quarterly