American romanticism

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Brief report on American Romanticism

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American romanticism

  1. 1. Megan Casilla Jyzette Alex Hermitanio Nam Seo Hui Lovely Pamela Serran Faith Obinarrio
  2. 2. Romanticism Defined • Romanticism does not refer to ‘love’ as a subject matter, rather it is an international and philosophical movement that redefined the fundamental ways of how man thought about themselves and their surroundings. • F.O Matthiessen termed the American Romanticism as ‘American Renaissance’
  3. 3. • British Romanticism is similar to American Romanticism. British Romanticism is the parent of the American literary movement but differences between the two is easily distinguished.
  4. 4. British Contrast American
  5. 5. British American
  6. 6. • Father of American Romanticism • The importance of expressive art for the individual and the society: “For all men live by truth, and stand in need of expression the man is only half of himself, the other half is his expression.”
  7. 7. • Romanticism was introduced by German artists. • There is nothing romantic about romanticism • They are artistic movement that gave way to the opening of literary history for new movements • Romanticism is a movement that revolts against Neoclassicism • Romanticism dwells on man and nature; they celebrate the function of the intuition and the imagination, the metaphysical, revolutionary, individualism and the spontaneous rather than reason and morals, objectivity, traditional, social conformity and control.
  8. 8. • Emotional Intensity. The heart and the mind lead the writer into writing a good piece of literature. • Common Man as the hero. Literary pieces of this time concentrate more on putting the real flawed man into an extraordinary— if not out of the ordinary— situation.
  9. 9. • Nature as a source of spirituality and knowledge. American romanticism sees nature as the source of intellect and knowledge. • Self-idealism, honor and integrity. This gave way to the first-person poetry. The poetic speaker became less of a character but more of a direct observation of the poet. In some occasions, the artist became the hero of the piece.
  10. 10. • Macabre, irrational, Mysterious Universe. It is through intense emotions from the unknown that human nature is emphasized.
  11. 11. • American frontier expansion allowed for expansion and freedom. It is in the expansion of British colonials to the west. • Uncharted land invoked spirit of optimism. This seemingly vast and limitless land owned my colonials gave them the opportunity to expand more across the horizon. • New cultures and perspectives brought by immigration. Britons, Irish, Danish, etc. also moved to America.
  12. 12. • Industrial growth in the north separates agrarian south. Industrial Revolution that left the rest of Latin American in economic progress. • Search for new spiritual roots . The culture of the Natives began to play an impact on the literature of the time.
  13. 13. • Industrial growth in the north separates agrarian south. Industrial Revolution that left the rest of Latin American in economic progress. • Search for new spiritual roots . The culture of the Natives began to play an impact on the literature of the time.
  14. 14. • James Fenimore Cooper - Last of the Mohicans, Red Rover • Emily Dickinson - Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! • Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature, The Conduct of Life • Margaret Fuller - Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Papers on Literature and Art
  15. 15. • Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, House of Seven Gables • Washington Irving - Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Song of Hiawatha, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere • Herman Melville - Moby Dick • Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven, A Dream Within a Dream, Fall of the House of Usher • Henry David Thoreau - Walden, Civil Disobedience • Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself
  16. 16. • Herman Melville - Moby Dick • Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven, A Dream Within a Dream, Fall of the House of Usher • Henry David Thoreau - Walden, Civil Disobedience • Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself
  17. 17. Source Unpublished material copyright © 1997 by Dr. Brad Strickland, Department of English, Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA 305 03 (USA). Permission is granted to reproduce, distribute, or alter this material for educational purposes.

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