Enjoy the Famous Daily The romantic impulse: It starts as a reaction against the intellectualism of the Enlightenmentagainst the rigidity of social structures protecting privilege, and against the materialism of an age which, in the first stirring of the Industrial Revolutionalready shows signs of making workers the slaves of machinery and of creating squalid urban environments. Unlike classicism or the baroqueromanticism has no definable standards. Indeed rejection of rules is almost a touchstone of the romantic temperament.
Lecture 16 The Romantic Era The categories which it has become customary to use in distinguishing and classifying "movements" in literature or philosophy and in describing the nature of the significant transitions which have taken place in taste and in opinion, are far too rough, crude, undiscriminating -- and none of them so hopelessly as the category "Romantic.
Lovejoy, "On the Discriminations of Romanticisms" Ask anyone on the street: Everyone claims to know the meaning of the word romantic.
The word conveys notions of sentiment and sentimentality, a visionary or idealistic lack of reality. It connotes fantasy and fiction. It has been associated with different times and with distant places: Advertising links it with the effects of lipstick, perfume and soap.
If we could ask the advertising genius who, fifty years ago, came up with the brilliant cigarette campaign, "blow some my way," he may have responded with "it's romantic. Yet we use the expression freely and casually "a romantic, candle-lit dinner".
But literary historians and critics as well as European historians have been quarreling over the meaning of the word Romanticism for decades, as Lovejoy's comment above makes abundantly clear. One of the problems is that the Romantics were liberals and conservatives, revolutionaries and reactionaries.
Some were preoccupied with God, others were atheistic to the core. Some began their lives as devout Catholics, lived as ardent revolutionaries and died as staunch conservatives.
The expression Romantic gained currency during its own time, roughly However, even within its own period of existence, few Romantics would have agreed on a general meaning. Perhaps this tells us something. To speak of a Romantic era is to identify a period in which certain ideas and attitudes arose, gained currency and in most areas of intellectual endeavor, became dominant.
That is, they became the dominant mode of expression. Which tells us something else about the Romantics: Just the same, older ideas did not simply wither away. Romantic ideas arose both as implicit and explicit criticisms of 18th century Enlightenment thought see Lecture 9.
For the most part, these ideas were generated by a sense of inadequacy with the dominant ideals of the Enlightenment and of the society that produced them.
You could go as far as to say that Romanticism reflected a crisis in Enlightenment thought itself, a crisis which shook the comfortable 18th century philosophe out of his intellectual single-mindedness.
The Romantics were conscious of their unique destiny. In fact, it was self-consciousness which appears as one of the keys elements of Romanticism itself. The philosophes were too objective -- they chose to see human nature as something uniform.
The philosophes had also attacked the Church because it blocked human reason. The Romantics attacked the Enlightenment because it blocked the free play of the emotions and creativity.
The philosophe had turned man into a soulless, thinking machine -- a robot. In a comment typical of the Romantic thrust, William Hazlitt asked, "For the better part of my life all I did was think. The Enlightenment replaced the Christian matrix with the mechanical matrix of Newtonian natural philosophy.The Romantic period The nature of Romanticism.
As a term to cover the most distinctive writers who flourished in the last years of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th, “Romantic” is indispensable but also a little misleading: history of publishing: England. Romantic Period Faculty Noah Heringman The MA and PhD specializations in British Romanticism offer students the opportunity to focus intensively on one of the most turbulent and productive periods in British literary history.
The World Is Flat A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. and America's revolution against England. 1. RESTORATION PERIOD (c. ) E. ROMANTIC PERIOD (c. ) Romantic poets write about nature, imagination, and individuality in England. Some Romantics include Coleridge, Blake, Keats, and Shelley in. Romantic Period Faculty Noah Heringman The MA and PhD specializations in British Romanticism offer students the opportunity to focus intensively on one of the most turbulent and productive periods in British literary history. The Romantic period The nature of Romanticism As a term to cover the most distinctive writers who flourished in the last years of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th, “Romantic” is indispensable but also a little misleading: there was no self-styled “Romantic movement” at the time, and the great writers of the period did not call themselves Romantics.
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Romantic Period Faculty Noah Heringman The MA and PhD specializations in British Romanticism offer students the opportunity to focus intensively on one of the . Romanticism, attitude or intellectual orientation that characterized many works of literature, painting, music, architecture, criticism, and historiography in Western civilization over a period from the late 18th to the midth century.
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