What does the word "Genievorstellung" mean in following sentence:
In der Genievorstellung der Romantik waren große Dichter über allem stehende Persönlichkeiten.
Source: Der "wahre" Shakespeare
An important concept of Romanticism was the idea of a genius:
This goes back to Kant:
In this context we may translate "romantische Genievorstellung" like it is done by others, e.g. Jonathan Bate in The Genius of Shakespeare:
Or, putting it in other words "Genievorstellung" is
It means how people thought that geniuses had to be during the period of romanticism.
In the "genius imagination", the imagination people had about geniuses, great poets were people/personalities standing above everything else. Bigger than live. Shakespeare did not fit in this imagination, because of his social background, his unadorned, humble origin.
The word Genievorstellung could be explained paraphrasing it
In the sense that every age had a different common concept of what a genius must represent.