Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Hegel and Lukács on the Novel

  • Allen Speight (a1)

Extract

That Hegel was a significant influence on the young Georg Lukács' Theory of the Novel is a point few would dispute. Lukács himself insisted that the first part of TN represented his own transition from Kantian to Hegelian theory, and most critics have subsequently affirmed the importance of Hegel to Lukács' pre- (or, depending on one's view, proto-) Marxist argument in TN. Yet the two are in some ways strange to take together in the context of novelistic theory. Despite the profusion of novelistic literature in his own time and his own significant appropriation of it for the limning of essential moments of the development of the world-historical spirit, Hegel's official Aesthetics hardly presents what one could claim to be an especially worked-out theory of the novel. The Aesthetics takes up literature in general primarily under the rubric of providing a theory of the genres of poetry — epic, lyric and dramatic — and what relatively few words Hegel actually devotes to the novel and prose literature in the lectures are tucked in corners: at the end of the discussion of the development of the epic, in the discussion of the historical form of the romantic, and in scattered comments elsewhere. As for TN, despite the strong connections some have drawn between Hegel and Lukács — Peter Demetz said that Lukács was ‘in a certain sense … the last Hegelian in the grand style’ (Demetz 1967: 215) — others have questioned whether Lukács' work should be regarded primarily as making a contribution to the philosophy of literature in the tradition from which Hegel writes.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Hegel and Lukács on the Novel
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Hegel and Lukács on the Novel
      Available formats
      ×

      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Hegel and Lukács on the Novel
      Available formats
      ×

Copyright

References

Hide All
Bernstein, J. M. (1984), The Philosophy of the Novel: Lukács, Marxism and the Dialectics of Form. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
De Man, P. (1971), ‘George Lukács' Theory of the Novel’, in Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Demetz, P. (1967), Marx, Engels, and the Poets. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Hegel, G. W. F. (1970), Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik, Werke, vols xiii–xv, ed. Moldenhauer, E. and Michel, K. M.. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.
Hegel, G. W. F. (1975), Hegel's Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art, trans. Knox, T. M., 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Hegel, G. W. F. (1977), Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. Miller, A. V.. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Levin, H. (1965), ‘Toward a Sociology of the Novel’, Journal of the History of Ideas 26: 148–54.
Lukács, G. (1963), Die Theore des Romans: ein geschichtsphilosophischer Versuch über die Formen der grossen Epik. Berlin: Hermann Luchterhand Verlag.
Lukács, G. (1971), Theory of the Novel: A Historico-Philosophical Essay on the Forms of Great Epic Literature, trans. Bostock, Anna. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Pinkard, T. (1994), Hegel's ‘Phenomenology’: The Sociality of Reason. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Speight, A (2001), Hegel, Literature and the Problem of Agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Related content

Powered by UNSILO

Hegel and Lukács on the Novel

  • Allen Speight (a1)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.