Romanticisim

Romanticisim - 19th Century: Romanticism 19 English...

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Unformatted text preview: 19th Century: Romanticism 19 English 2110­­Sandefur Important aspects of Romanticism Important aspects of Romanticism – Assault on social institutions (“Fundamental hierarchies of government, notions of sovereignty and of aristocracy, inherited systems of distinction—all fell” p. 282) – Development of middle class (industrialization and movement to cities) – Understanding of and focus on uniqueness of the individual…idea that humans are innately good; emotion as central rather than reason. Important aspects cont’d Important aspects cont’d – Interest in nature by writers: “Nature belongs to the realm of the nonrational, the superrational. It can be linked to a sense of misery and pain or it can evoke possibilities of utter joy and transcendence” (286­87). – Whereas earlier philosophers saw society as a means of restraining the “violent impulses of human beings”, “the prevailing nineteenth­ century view…made civilization an agent of corruption” (287) Quiz question #8: Find an example of one of the below Quiz question #8: Find an example of one of the below characteristics in Confessions. Describe the example (and give page #) and explain your reasons for choosing the example you did. • Stress placed on sacredness of individual • Suspicion of social institutions (government, • • hierarchies of class, etc. Involves concerns over the corrupting and destructive results of progress) Belief in expressed feeling as the sign of authenticity (emotion over reason) Nostalgia for simpler ways of being (often involves longing for return to nature) • Stress placed on sacredness of individual • Suspicion of social institutions (government, • • hierarchies of class, etc. Involves concerns over the corrupting and destructive results of progress) Belief in expressed feeling as the sign of authenticity (emotion over reason) Nostalgia for simpler ways of being (often involves longing for return to nature) Quiz question #9 and #10: Find an example of one of the above in the poetry of Blake and Dickinson. Describe the example (and poem title/number) and explain why you think the example is relevant. (Turn this in at the beginning of class on Thurs. 11/10) ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGL 2110 taught by Professor Sadre-orafai during the Fall '08 term at Kennesaw.

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