The Romantic imperative of creativity is formulated by Schlegel in the words

The romantic imperative of creativity is formulated

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sensual appearances. The Romantic imperative of creativity is formulated by Schlegel in the words: Create, discover, transform, and retain the world and its eternal forms in the perpetual variation of new marriages and divorces. Veil and bind the spirit in the letter. The real letter is all- powerful; it’s the true magic wand. It is the letter with which the irresistible will of that great magician, Fantasy, touches the sublime chaos of all- encompassing nature, touches it and calls the infinite word to light, the word that is an image and a mirror of the divine spirit, and that mortals call the universe. 25 Misunderstanding of Lucinde and its Consequences In the autumn of the year 1799, following the publication of the Lucinde , the conservative public repudiated this Romantic work of art as a scandal. The extramarital love relationship between Lucinde and Julius celebrated in the novel was seen by Schlegel’ s contemporaries as an autobiographical depiction of an unacceptable form of life. In a letter to Schleiermacher from April 1799, Schlegel’s life partner, Dorothea Veit (originally Mendelssohn) expressed her fears regarding the future reception of the nove l: “As far as Lucinde is concerned…often I feel hot and cold about my heart at the same time, that what is most interior, most holy to me, should be turned thus to the outside; sacrificed now to all the curious and haters .” 26 In a posthumous note from the collection “Fragments on Literature and Poetry” (“Fragmente zur Literatur und Poesie”) from the year 1797, Schlegel promised to write a prototype of the Romantic novel, similar to what Jacobi did in writing a philosophical and Goethe a poetic novel. 27 This content downloaded from on Sat, 30 Mar 2019 15:08:07 UTC All use subject to
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