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Introducing Romanticism [Paperback]

Duncan Heath , Judy Boreham
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Sept. 27 2005 Introducing (Icon Books)
Gives readers an accessible overview of the many interlocking strands of the movement, focusing on the leading figures in Britain, Germany, France, America, Italy and Russia.

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Duncan Heath is Editorial Director of Icon Books. Judy Boreham is an acclaimed graphic artist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The word "Romantic" derives from the Old French romanz, meaning the vernacular "romance" languages that developed from Latin - Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Provençal. Read the first page
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There are people who think of such a book as a glorified comic book. You know, little graphics on every page to make a point. Actually, I felt that way when I first saw this text. But, then, I found philosophy too boring a subject to take seriously when I was in college. In fact, I'm still somewhat amazed that "philosophers" have as much influence as they do.
But romanticism has interested me. It's, what, unenlightened? So I got this little gem.
There's a surprising wealth of information in this book, enough that it has induced me to buy a few other philosophy books (something I said twenty years ago that I'd never do!) Lots of names, how the romanticists of various nationalities were motivated (I found the Germans particularly interesting, maybe because I've been someone interested in Schopenhauer and Kant over the years).
Don't be put off by the graphics. They are effective at adding more substance than a paragraph or two can cover. And they're simple but well done.
The bulk of the text covered European romanticism, so I wondered where's the American breed of that animal. The final portion of the book didn't let me down. It covered the likes of Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others, all of them characteristic American romanticists.
Most of us are "lay persons" with respect to philosophy as a discipline. This book will at least introduce us to the roots of romanticism, even to its critics. And, among the things I learned from it is that there is not a black and white break between romanticism and its compatriots. Some European romanticists, for example, were closer to postmodernist, according to the authors, and others claimed to be "Neoclassisist," apparently pre-evolved romanticists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and really good for a layman/laywoman? Sept. 19 2000
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I have no idea how authority will speak of this book, but me, as a curious reader with interests in all the topics about art and literature find it a really fascinating book!
To begin with, I'm a foreigner, so the elegant English is in itself a beauty and value for me. And then, with the contents covering so much in western history, culture, literature & art, there's still an running clue getting all parts together. The authers performed so graciously such a daunting task and reveal such a profound, beautiful and enlightening world to me.
In a word, it's an enjoyment to read the book ( as a whole, though some part of it seems to me too redundent with academic-like details)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! Oct. 23 2000
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Very possibly one of the best intros to the subject of Romanticism ever written. Full of info, and insight, the book covers the high and lows of the movement that influenced Napoleon, Beethoven, Kant, etc. Sweeping thru several countries, and numerous art forms, including music, literature, and theatre. One is introduced to the high wire tension of the Romantic, forever trapped between the Unreal (primal nature) and the Real (Civilization).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary for those lacking time to delve further Jan. 3 2002
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There are people who think of such a book as a glorified comic book. You know, little graphics on every page to make a point. Actually, I felt that way when I first saw this text. But, then, I found philosophy too boring a subject to take seriously when I was in college. In fact, I'm still somewhat amazed that "philosophers" have as much influence as they do.
But romanticism has interested me. It's, what, unenlightened? So I got this little gem.
There's a surprising wealth of information in this book, enough that it has induced me to buy a few other philosophy books (something I said twenty years ago that I'd never do!) Lots of names, how the romanticists of various nationalities were motivated (I found the Germans particularly interesting, maybe because I've been someone interested in Schopenhauer and Kant over the years).
Don't be put off by the graphics. They are effective at adding more substance than a paragraph or two can cover. And they're simple but well done.
The bulk of the text covered European romanticism, so I wondered where's the American breed of that animal. The final portion of the book didn't let me down. It covered the likes of Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others, all of them characteristic American romanticists.
Most of us are "lay persons" with respect to philosophy as a discipline. This book will at least introduce us to the roots of romanticism, even to its critics. And, among the things I learned from it is that there is not a black and white break between romanticism and its compatriots. Some European romanticists, for example, were closer to postmodernist, according to the authors, and others claimed to be "Neoclassisist," apparently pre-evolved romanticists. So where one ends and the other begins isn't as clear as, frankly, I wish it were (so I could define them all more clearly!
It's such a good read that I bought the book on Postmodernism from the same series! Expect to see names you've never seen before, but read it!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and really good for a layman/laywoman? Sept. 19 2000
By "star22" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have no idea how authority will speak of this book, but me, as a curious reader with interests in all the topics about art and literature find it a really fascinating book!
To begin with, I'm a foreigner, so the elegant English is in itself a beauty and value for me. And then, with the contents covering so much in western history, culture, literature & art, there's still an running clue getting all parts together. The authers performed so graciously such a daunting task and reveal such a profound, beautiful and enlightening world to me.
In a word, it's an enjoyment to read the book ( as a whole, though some part of it seems to me too redundent with academic-like details)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! Oct. 23 2000
By Michael Neale Eustis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very possibly one of the best intros to the subject of Romanticism ever written. Full of info, and insight, the book covers the high and lows of the movement that influenced Napoleon, Beethoven, Kant, etc. Sweeping thru several countries, and numerous art forms, including music, literature, and theatre. One is introduced to the high wire tension of the Romantic, forever trapped between the Unreal (primal nature) and the Real (Civilization).
3.0 out of 5 stars Would it kill them to have footnotes? Sept. 26 2010
By D. Nunnery - Published on Amazon.com
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The "Introducing" series is very good for a quick, sharply written overview of a complicated subject. Here, you get thumbnails of several important aspects of Romanticism, in a variety of arts and from a multi-national perspective, which is all to the good. The main drawback -- and this is true for every title in the series that I've seen -- is that there's no annotation at all, which greatly reduces the usefulness of the book. You'll get a useful quotation from Schiller or Coleridge or whoever, and have no idea where the quotation comes from, so you can't chase it down, can't see the fuller context, can't *use* it for anything. I know that they don't want to bulk out the books, or have them be off-puttingly scholarly, but the consequence is that the books are a lot less useful than they otherwise would be, especially if a big point of having an introduction is that it enables you to read up further on the subject. Along that line, a brief annotated bibliography would go a long way towards making the introduction more effective.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction June 6 2010
By Andrew Finch - Published on Amazon.com
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The 'Introducing' series is excellent for getting to the heart of the topic in the shortest space and in the most reader-centered way. The combination of key concepts with graphics helps the reader to get a very good idea of the important points, and stimulates him/her to follow up anything that appears interesting or that he/she wants to know about in more depth. The Reading list at the end of the book helps in this respect as well.

This is not Romanticism for Dummies. It is well written (by an expert), well-thought out, and well-illustrated. I recommend the whole series as a means of finding out about the important issues in history, philosophy, and life. How wonderful if school textbooks were like this, getting the students excited about the topic and stimulating them to do their own research.
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