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Virgil Nemoianu is the William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and Ordinary Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and has taught at the Universities of Bucharest, California, London, Cambridge, Cincinnati, and Amsterdam. A member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nemoianu has written, edited, or translated twenty books. He has received Fulbright, Humboldt, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Romanian Cultural Institute.
"The Triumph of Imperfection reclaims a remarkable range of unconventional writings from historians, religious thinkers, travel writers and those who defy classification. Nemoianu shows us that, despite the evident intensities of high Romanticism's genius figures and political fanaticisms, the real tenor of the age was carried by a mass of lesser individuals and widespread literary forms and trends that diffused and moderated the conflicts of the era."—Marshall Brown, author of The Gothic Text and Preromanticism
"Awesome in intellectual breadth, profound in cultural ideas, and genuinely comparative in linguistic scope, The Triumph of Imperfection is a real triumph—a stunning complement to Nemoianu's earlier The Taming of Romanticism. Looking beyond the literature of 1815–1848, the author here shows how the implosion of romanticism in Europe and America manifested itself in historiography, religious thought, travel writing, multiculturalism, and the 'ethos of learning,' while exposing provocative parallels to many issues of our own times."—Theodore Ziolkowski, author of German Romanticism and its Institutions and Ovid and the Moderns
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