ENGL 2210 World Literature II
Romanticism: Study Guide
Additional optional readings
- Describe some of the main differences between the Romantic and the Enlightenment view.
- What are some 3-4 things that Romanticism emphasizes?
- Reason vs feelings as the guide to certainty. Which one should be the guide, according to the Romantics? Why?
- What was the Romantic view of traditional authority?
- Innocence (youth)vs experience (old age) as a path to knowledge.
- Radical overturning of all social and political institutions.
- The idea of a Revolution as a Romantic idea. In what ways can the American and French Revolution be considered as outcomes of Romantic ideals?
- Emphasis on individual and national uniqueness.
- Reason vs feeling as a way to knowledge.
- Who was Immanuel Kant and what was his contribution to Romanticism?
- Authority located in the self rather than in society. Describe the romantic view of the relationship between the individual and society.
- Locate authority in the self, rather than in society.
- Absolute uniqueness of the self.
- Essential goodness of human nature. Compare to the religious view.
- Religious and social repressiveness was the enemy.
- Emphasis on inner (psychic) experiences.
- Women, children and "primitive" people have higher capacity to feel and express emotions.
- What role did the soul play?
- Emphasis on pleasurable emotions.
- What was the role of imagination?
- What was the Romantic view of nature and the primitive? Compare to the Enlightenment view. Rational vs irrational view.
- Does our world have more tendencies of the Enlightenment or the Romantic view of the world? How so?