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Romantic Revolution A History

ISBN-10: 081298014X
ISBN-13: 9780812980141
Edition: N/A
Authors: Tim Blanning
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Description: From the preeminent historian of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries comes a superb, concise account of a cultural upheaval that still shapes sensibilities today. Long overshadowed by the contemporaneous American, French, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

From the preeminent historian of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries comes a superb, concise account of a cultural upheaval that still shapes sensibilities today. Long overshadowed by the contemporaneous American, French, and Industrial revolutions, the Romantic Revolution finally receives its due in Tim Blanning’s bold and brilliant work.A rebellion against the rationality of the Enlightenment, a rejection of “the Academy” in favor of public opinion, Romanticism was a profound shift in expression that altered the arts and ushered in modernity, even as it championed a return to the intuitive and the primitive. Blanning describes its beginnings in Rousseau’s novel LaNouvelle Héloïse,the biggest bestseller of the eighteenth century, a work that placed the creator—and not the created—at the center of aesthetic activity and led to the virtual worship of creative geniuses by the general public.Blanning reveals the glamorizing of artistic madness and suicide in Goethe’s novelThe Sufferings of Young Wertherand the balletGiselle;the role of sex as a psychological force in Friedrich Schlegel’s novelLucinde;the importance of mind-altering drugs to the fictional protagonist ofConfessions of an English Opium Eaterand to the composer Hector Berlioz in hisSymphonie fantastique;and the use of naïve, dreamlike imagery in Goya’s paintings of monsters, devils, and witches.Whether it was the new notion of “sex appeal” in the fames of Paganini, Liszt, and Byron, or the celebration of accessible storytelling in the novels of Walter Scott (the most popular writer of the day),The Romantic Revolutionunearths the origins of ideas now commonplace in our culture. It is the best introduction to an essential time whose influence would far outlast the mechanistic “age of the railway” that, in the mid-nineteenth century, replaced it.From the Hardcover edition.

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