Lecture Outline- Feb. 14

Lecture Outline- Feb. 14 - Thursday, February 14 Lecture 6:...

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Thursday, February 14 Lecture 6: February 14, 2008 1. Review: Puritan to Enlightenment Self 2. Enlightenment to Romanticism 3. Emerson as Romantic Thinker 4. Emerson as Romantic (American) Writer 1. Puritan to Enlightenment self (see lecture 5 notes) 2. Enlightenment to Romanticism Romanticism inherits the Enlightenment’s revolutionary skepticism toward authority It rejects Enlightenment’s emphasis on “reason” at the expense of other human qualities like passion Many artists and intellectuals are profoundly disturbed by reason’s hostility to cosmic meaningfulness (e.g. God) Many artists seek recovery of spiritual meaning in nature and art Romantic artists were excited by the infinite potential of the individual, the vastness of the “inner life,” the richness of mere being Yet they also felt profound despair over a loss of meaning as religion became mere superstition and as industrialization destroyed nature. Exaltation and cosmic loneliness- the “sublime”
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENGLISH 270 taught by Professor Bromell during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Lecture Outline- Feb. 14 - Thursday, February 14 Lecture 6:...

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