Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

Post-Contemporary Interventions

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Book Pages: 328 Illustrations: Published: January 2002

Author(s): Michael Löwy, Robert Sayre

Translator: Catherine Porter

History > European History, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Theory, Theory and Philosophy > Critical Theory

Romanticism is a worldview that finds expression over a whole range of cultural fields—not only in literature and art but in philosophy, theology, political theory, and social movements. In Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre formulate a theory that defines romanticism as a cultural protest against modern bourgeois industrial civilization and work to reveal the unity that underlies the extraordinary diversity of romanticism from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.
After critiquing previous conceptions of romanticism and discussing its first European manifestations, Löwy and Sayre propose a typology of the sociopolitical positions held by romantic writers-from “restitutionist” to various revolutionary/utopian forms. In subsequent chapters, they give extended treatment to writers as diverse as Coleridge and Ruskin, Charles Peguy, Ernst Bloch and Christa Wolf. Among other topics, they discuss the complex relationship between Marxism and romanticism before closing with a reflection on more contemporary manifestations of romanticism (for example, surrealism, the events of May 1968, and the ecological movement) as well as its future.
Students and scholars of literature, humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies will be interested in this elegant and thoroughly original book.



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Michael Löwy is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

Robert Sayre is Professor of Anglophone Literatures at the University of Marne-la-Vallée.

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1. Redefining Romanticism

The Romantic Enigma, or “Tumultuous Colors”

The Concept of Romanticism

The Romantic Critique of Modernity

The Genesis of the Phenomenon

2. Romanticism: Political and Social Diversity

Outline of a Typology

Hypotheses for a Sociology of Romanticism

3. Excursus: Marxism and Romanticism

Rosa Luxemburg

Gyorgy Lukacs

4. Visages of Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

Romanticism and the French Revolution: The Young Coleridge

Romanticism and the Industrial Revolution: The Social Critique of John Ruskin

5. Visages of Romanticism in the Twentieth Century

Romanticism and Religion: The Mystical Socialism of Charles Peguy

Romanticism and Utopia: Ernst Bloch’s Daydream

Romanticism as a Feminist Vision: The Quest of Christa Wolf

6. The Fire Is Still Burning: From Surrealism to the Present Day and



May 1968

Contemporary Mass Culture

The New Social Movements

The New Religious Movements

The Contemporary Romantic Critique of Civilization

What Future for Romanticism?


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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-2794-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-2784-4
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