Romanticism was a movement in literature, art, and music that emphasized feeling over thought. It was a reaction against the philosophic notion that human actions were guided by the unchangeable forces of economics, sociology, and physics. Romanticism as a movement was characterized by a longing for the Medieval chivalric age, nationalism, and a feeling for nature.
The Romantic Period is thought to have begun as early as 1770, but probably was not in full swing until the end of the French Revolution. Ironically it was the technological advancement of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions that gave people the time and the luxury of pining for the past. Many still scratched for a living, but the masses could partake of culture if they wished. They enjoyed the maudlin and sentimental and elevated the authors, artists, and composers who would give it to them.
As much as the romanticists wanted to hold back progress, as much as they elevated nature and decried industry, they could not resist the flow of history. The world would move on with or without them.
The presentation covers the following:
Romanticism & Art
Romanticism & Landscape Art
Romanticism & Nationalism
Romanticism & Literature
Romanticism as Outgrowth of the French Revolution (2)
Romanticism & Music
Romantic Philosophy: Kant
Romantic Philosophy: Hegel
Romanticism as a Cohesive Movement
Romanticism & the Culture Masses
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This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer under the heading ...The Age of Romanticism.