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  • This quotation applies to Romanticism, for although it was in part a reaction against the Age of Reason, it retained and extended some characteristics of 18th century literature. The taste for satire, for instance, was not entirely forgotten, as you will see in the writing of Byron. Nor was the feeling for order completely rejected, although it was now order of a different kind. Above all, romantic interest in subjective consciousness, in the workings of the individual human mind, has important roots in 18th century philosophy & literature.
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    1. 1. The Romantic Age 1798-1832 “ The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.” Henri Bergson
    2. 2. Hadleigh Castle (1829) John Constable
    3. 3. The Bard John Martin 1789-1854 Romantic painters sought out the spectacular aspects of nature. The bard stood for vision and imagination.
    4. 5. French Novelists AlexandrDumas George Sand
    5. 6. French Novelists Victor Hugo
    6. 7. German Writers Goethe Heinrich Heine Grimm’s Fairy Tales
    7. 8. American Romantic Fervor Nathaniel Hawthorne
    8. 9. Coleridge Wordsworth Lyrical Ballads
    9. 10. Wordsworth & Coleridge <ul><li>leave specialized, formal language of 18th century “poetic diction” </li></ul><ul><li>replace with experimental attempts to fit “metrical arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation” </li></ul><ul><li>“ the real language of men” </li></ul>
    10. 11. British Romantic Poetry Shelley Keats Byron
    11. 12. Writers Lived in Age of Change <ul><li>1807 gas street lights, London </li></ul><ul><li>20 years later, Age of Electricity </li></ul><ul><li>1798-1832, railroads sprang up </li></ul><ul><li>photography invented </li></ul><ul><li>typewriter patented </li></ul>
    12. 13. Jean Jacques Rousseau Most of what passes for progress is really corruption
    13. 14. Rousseau (1712-1778) Forerunner of the Romantic period
    14. 15. Literary Forms in Upheaval <ul><li>No important plays </li></ul><ul><li>new genre “verse dramas” </li></ul><ul><li>meant to be read, not acted out </li></ul>
    15. 16. Gothic Novels
    16. 17. Travel Became Commonplace <ul><li>Steamboat & steam locomotive </li></ul><ul><li>travel-writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>essays, poems, & prose narratives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Karl Baedeker’s travel guides </li></ul>
    17. 18. Romanticism <ul><li>Art, music, & literature reflected the spirit of revolution sweeping France & America </li></ul>
    18. 19. Romanticism <ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interest in nature, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exaltation of imagination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>protest against “correctness” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased faith in the worth of the individual </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Historical Background <ul><li>Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>and Reaction </li></ul>
    20. 21. The Industrial Revolution
    21. 22. Romanticism” as a Period and a Concept <ul><li>Began 1798 Lyrical Ballads </li></ul><ul><li>Ends 1832 Sir Walter Scott’s death </li></ul><ul><li>Scott wrote in a mode he himself called “romance,” “the interest of which turns upon marvelous and uncommon incidents.” </li></ul>
    22. 23. The end! <ul><li>Thank you for your attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Lewis </li></ul>

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