The Wildness Pleases (Routledge Revivals): The Origins of Romanticism

1st Edition

Christopher Thacker

Routledge
Published January 18, 2018
Reference - 306 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138647992 - CAT# Y228362

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Summary

First published in 1983. This book charts the growth of Romanticism from the initial reactions to the authoritarian classicism of Louis XIV, through the ‘codification’ of the Sublime by Burke in the 1750s, to the fascination with mystery, fear and violence which dominated the writing of the late eighteenth century. The origins of the movement are found in the writings of Rousseau and admiration for the ‘noble savage’, the development of the landscape garden, discoveries in the South Seas, new approaches to ‘primitive’ poetry and enthusiasm for gothic art and literature. These attitudes are contrasted with the more classical views of writers like Samuel Johnson.

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