Carlyle and the Idea of the Modern:
Studies in Carlyle’s Prophetic Literature and Its
Relation to Blake, Nietzsche, Marx, and Others

by Albert J. LaValley


CONTENTS

Acknowledgments vii
   
Abbreviations  xi
   
Introduction 1
   

PART ONE: SELF-DISCOVERY AND SELF-CONSOLIDATION

Chapter 1
   Preparations for Sartor: The Discovery of a Voice 17
        The Masks of Schiller, Goethe, Richter, and Voltaire 17
        Achievement and Failure in Wotton Reinfred 44
        New Soundings in “Signs of the Times” and “Characteristics” 56
   
Chapter 2  
   Sartor Resartus: The Prophet Finds His Literary Role 69
   

PART TWO: LONDON—VARIETIES OF SOCIAL PROPHECY

Chapter 3  
   The French Revolution: Change and Historical Consciousness
        [Excerpt: Carlyle, Blake, Nietzsche: The French Revolution & The Birth of Tragedy (164-175)]
121
   
Chapter 4  
   Past and Present: Apocalypse and Full Vision  
        [Excerpt: Past and Present: Marx & Blake vs Carlyle & Nietzsche (220-235)]
183
   
Chapter 5  
   Hunting for Heroes: The Flight from Reality 236
        Hero‑Worship: Everlasting Adamant or Solacing Fact? 236
        Cromwell and Frederick: Problems of Power and Futility 253
        Toward the Totalitarian Self 278
   
Chapter 6  
   Limited Heroism: John Sterling 303
   

PART THREE: RETURN TO SELFHOOD

   
Chapter 7 328
   Conclusion, with a Glance at the Reminiscences  
   
A Basic Bibliography 337
   
Index 345


SOURCE: LaValley, Albert J. Carlyle and the Idea of the Modern: Studies in Carlyle’s Prophetic Literature and Its Relation to Blake, Nietzsche, Marx, and Others. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1968. Contents, pp. ix-x.


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