The Romantic Movement

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An overview slideshow that explores the characteristics and features of the Romantic movement - not probably much use without my teaching notes but you might find something nevertheless! I use this to teach A level students.

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The Romantic Movement

  1. 1. The Romantic Era<br />
  2. 2. The EnlightenmentLate 17th – Late 18th Century<br />Western civilization’s attempt to seek through reason a means to understand human problems without involving conflicting traditions<br />The search for universal meaning and understanding.<br />
  3. 3. Science & the relief of suffering<br />
  4. 4. A Reaction to Rational Moralism<br />1<br />
  5. 5. 2<br />A defence in the face of a changing world<br />
  6. 6. A response to German Idealism<br />3<br />
  7. 7. ‘Chaos is the law of nature; order the dream of man’ – John Adams<br />
  8. 8. The creative mind brings coherence and meaning<br />
  9. 9. George Eliot - ‘Middlemarch’<br />
  10. 10. The role of the Artist<br />
  11. 11. ‘I must create my own system or become enslaved to another man’s vision’ – William Blake<br />
  12. 12. The tyranny of the system<br />
  13. 13. Reason vs. Imagination<br />
  14. 14. Communion with Nature<br />
  15. 15. Prometheus – the Romantic hero<br />
  16. 16. Originality vs. Craft<br />
  17. 17. The Struggle of the Artist<br />
  18. 18. Lord Byron<br />
  19. 19. ‘We murder to dissect’The Tables Turned - Wordsworth<br />
  20. 20. An adolescent movement?<br />
  21. 21. What happens when a Romantic meets the ‘real world’?<br />
  22. 22. Why did the Civil Rights movement ‘succeed’ while the Hippy movement was ultimately ineffectual?<br />
  23. 23. What happens when a Romantic runs out of steam?<br />
  24. 24. The salvation of memory?<br />
  25. 25. What happens when a Romantic hero gets too old?<br />
  26. 26. The hero revisions the world<br />OR…<br />
  27. 27. The world destroys the hero<br />
  28. 28. The ‘tamed’ hero<br />
  29. 29. The Romantic hero tends to be:<br />A sensitive man of feeling<br />A rebellious outsider<br />A traveller / a Quester<br />A visionary<br />Seeks union with the infinite<br />
  30. 30. The Romantic aesthetic embraced:<br />Madness<br />Criminality<br />Abnormal behaviour<br />Pornography<br />Excess<br />The irrationality of experience<br />Anything which was considered off limits by the rational moralists of the Enlightenment.<br />
  31. 31. Our Post-Romantic Inheritance<br />
  32. 32. A divided life<br />Social justice<br />Equality<br />Morality<br />Reform<br />Self definition<br />Individualism<br />
  33. 33.
  34. 34. The Political Impotence of the Artist<br />
  35. 35. Complicated Enrichment!<br />

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