Welcome to Romance

Week 1

What did I do?

Looked at RUBRIC for Romanticism.

This described Romanticism and stated that responses “should reflect the transformative ideas, concerns and ways of thinking of the Romantic period.” Definition: “Romanticism was a time of unprecedented change, when ideas about power of the imagination, the individual’s pursuit of meaning and truth through spontaneous thought, feeling, and action, and the continuity of the human and natural worlds took hold and flourished.”

Discussed course outline

I will need to choose texts that are relevant to Romanticism – it would be better that they be from the Romantic period itself. This will mean that I will need to set aside quite a bit of time for reading these texts as speed-reading has never been in my skill set. Researching each novel before I read them will also be necessary.

Looked at possible related texts for Romanticism

I am considering Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens for its metaphorical and emotional descriptions of characters, places and the time period in general. These attributes allow to it to be comparable to Coleridge’s poetry – the prescribed text. I am, however, considering this text to be appropriate for my extension 2 major work which may cause conflict in my using it for this course.

Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Bronte is a novel that I have been considering reading. Romance of the Forest (1791) by Ann Radcliffe is a novel that I am currently part way through. Both of these novels may be appropriate as a related text, however, I will need to research for their relevance and for context before I attempt either of them (again).

Introduction to Romanticism:

Discussed and took notes on the differencebetween ‘R’ and ‘r’ – Romance and romance. Looked at the characteristics, themes, values and early and late authors (poets) and the movement. With Romanticism being the literary movement that valued nature and imagination over the cold reality of the Industrial Revolution, romance is referred to as the mainstream understanding – in terms of relationships. There are five ‘I’ to characterise Romanticism: Imagination, Intuition, Idealism, Inspiration and Individuality. Common themes include: emotional intensity, escapism, the ‘common man’ being the hero and Nature as a refuge/source of knowledge and/or spirituality.

Watched:

  • History of Ideas – Romanticism [Youtube] by The School of Life which followed the influential events of and that led to Romanticism.
  • Romanticism [Youtube] by Tom Richey who discussed the values of Romanticism in contrast to The Enlightenment – the period/movement prior to Romanticism.

Read:

  • Introduction to Romanticism – describing the mindset, development, geographical reach and the audience of Romanticism.

Image: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters by Goya. Sourced: Pinterest.com

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