Romanticism - Mr. Zimanske

Romanticism - Mr. Zimanske

American Romanticism 1800-1860 American Literature A Fall 2014 Societal Trends U.S. population increases from 7 million to 31 million people Literacy increases due to free education Manifest Destiny promotes continued nationalism (spiritual authority/divine authority of U.S.) New wealth/new poverty with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution

Societal Trends Rejection of European influence on fashion & female roles (E.C. Stanton, Lucy Stone for womens suffrage and ability to hold property) Utopian theories

Society for the Prevention of Pauperism American Anti-Slavery Society Societal Trends Beginning of our national literature and culture Rip Van Winkle

Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Leather Stocking Tales The Fireside Poets Emergence of Romanticism Reaction against Rationalism Move from Brain/Thinking/Reason Toward Feelings/Intuition/Emotion Concepts of the Form Dull

Reality Move away from a boring life Addition of supernatural/unexplained elements Poetry Highest form of writing Most imaginativecontrasted nature/science

City vs Country City (Industrialization) = Bad Corrupt Dirty Diseased Limited Country by rational thought

= Good Independence Health Nature Freedom of imagination Three Key Themes 1. Journey From corruption and artificiality of

civilization From limits of rational thought From dull reality Toward the integrity of unspoiled nature and the freedom of the imagination; toward the magnificent Struggles of Good vs. Evil 2. Nature Consistentonly the city/society changes

Contemplate natures beauty as a path to spiritual and moral development Find beauty and truth in exotic locales, the supernatural realm, and the inner world of the imagination Shun artificiality of civilization and seek unspoiled nature 3. Hero Rationalism Romanticism Formally educated

Worldly Sophisticated Bent on making his place in society Ben Franklin Youthful & Innocent Close to nature Intuitive; deep understanding of life based on informal learning Sense of honor based on

a higher principle Quest for higher truth Think of Star Wars Who is the hero? Who is the villain? What are their qualities? What is the connection to nature? How is dull reality represented? How is the city represented? The country? What is the journey?

or Beauty and the Beast Works that will be covered: Rip Van WinkleWashington Irving The Raven & other poemsEdgar Allan Poe Dr. Heideggers ExperimentNathaniel Hawthorne Self-RelianceRalph Waldo Emerson

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