Take the Romanticism versus romantic survey

Readings Assignments
  1. Painting Test (75 points)
    • See the painting below.
    • Be able to answer questions concerning the imagery in the painting, the history of that setting, and how they relate to Romantic ideals.

  2. Poetry Pack Quiz (75 points)
    • Quiz concerns the three sets of readings above.

  3. Mini-paper (50 points)
    • Use one to three Romantic ideals and discuss how the Romantics would have viewed your subject.


One column of this table concerns Romanticism as a literary and artistic movement,
and the other column concerns our current notions of "romance," such as romance novels.
In class, we will distinguish which column means which.

Without knowing which column is Romanticism, you will have done the assignments incorrectly.

Idealize the perfect love or experience first
(you think of what a perfect experience WILL soon be like)
Idealize the perfect love or experience last
(You reflect on the experience afterwards)
Pursuit of ideal
You have a set of ideal situations and you seek them out
Pursuit of experience
You jump into experiences for the sake of experiencing
Reactionary to emotional stimuli and duress Expression and emotion as a bursting well, a spring of intense force
Popular-held beliefs of relationships or happiness Rejection (ignore) popular beliefs
Believe in opposites states of being: joy (love) and depression Duality of emotions as a sensation of experience
Concentrate on the bold and the beautiful Experience of any kind is beautiful
Escape the cowardly and the ugly Logic-only is cowardly and ugly
Nature as setting for idealized encounter "Mystic" perception of nature; nature causes intense experiences
Platonic Love as cold sexual detachment Platonic Love as spiritual attachment
Controlling of their personal 'environment' Against control of personal 'environment'
Project experience that one seeks Reflect on experience one had
Form and function before content Content before form and function
Individual in relationship Individual above society
Centered ideas relative to other views Subjective
Mostly Scopocentric Mostly Solipsistic
Sympathetic Fallacy (argumentum ad misercordiam) Pathetic (pathos)Fallacy
Reason then emotion Emotion then reason
'Lifestyle' dependant on idea pursued Preference for country living
Derivative of past stories (knights, etc) Inspiration from folk ballads
Period dependant on idea pursued Preference for the Middle Ages over Classical and Roman
Social outlook dependant on idea pursued Growth of humanitarianism, democracy
Religious affiliation dependant on idea pursued More personal religion
Contemplation of death and grave as depression Contemplation of death and grave as unknown
The 'irrational' as evidence of romance Irrational aids imagination
Post-Emotional, post-sensual Emotive, sensual
Focus on 'being passionate' Focus on passions
Fantasies Visionary
Experience in romance as escapism Experience as transcendental
Imagination 'fleshes out' idea to be pursued Imagination is the gateway to transcendental experience and spiritual truth
Predilection for excitement from drudgery Predilection for 'weird,' 'mysterious,' 'occult,' 'monstrous,' 'diseased.'
Preoccupation with hero as savior from loneliness and drudgery Preoccupation with the hero as lone wandering adventurer
Change wanted for a better life; then no change Mutability --continual change is integral to living
Spontaneity leads to security Spontaneity must always exist
Ideal 'common-held' notion of beauty Beauty as a life truly lived
Person begins innocence gains experience Continually both innocent and experienced
Uses self-help style literature Alludes to Biblical, other times, Shakespeare,
Artist as rebel, outside of society Artist as creator, not reproducer
Contrivance through Imagination Understanding through Imagination