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The Disenchantment of the Idealist Imagination

  • Ulla Kallenbach
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Abstract

This chapter examines imagination in nineteenth-century Scandinavia, where the current of Idealism permeated aesthetic, religious as well as philosophical thought. Kallenbach surveys how imagination transitions from the divine exaltation of Romanticism and the veneration of the genius (interpreted in the figure of Aladdin) to the depreciation and pathologization of fantasizing (portrayed in, e.g., Peer Gynt). She analyzes how this reappraisal of imagination played a central role in the transition from Idealism and Romanticism to the emerging existentialism and modernism. The chapter provides insight into a substantial body of material from now scarcely known—but at the time influential—Nordic thinkers, such as the aesthetics of philosopher F. C. Sibbern and actress Johanne Luise Heiberg’s reflections on the art of acting.

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  • Ulla Kallenbach
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  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

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