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The Wildness Pleases (Routledge Revivals)

The Origins of Romanticism, 1st Edition

By Christopher Thacker

Routledge

306 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Lists of plates; Foreword; Acknowledgments; 1. The Status Quo 2. Reaction 3. The Primitive; 4. Man-in-nature 5. Primitive Man 6. The Heyday 7. Ossian 8. ‘That Long Labyrinth of Darkness 9. The Noble Savage 10. The Wildness Pleases 11. Whiffs of Grapeshot; Additional bibliography; Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
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PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
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PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern