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Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

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Romanticism is a worldview that finds expression over a whole range of cultural fields—not only in literature and art but in philosophy, theology, political theory, and social movements. In Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre formulate a theory that defines romanticism as a cultural protest against modern bourgeois industrial civilizatio ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1992)
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AK
Oct 05, 2011 AK rated it really liked it
Michael Lowy and Robert Sayre aren't afraid to take the widest possible (political) view of Romanticism in this expansive and insightful book. Rather than construct a definition of Romanticism that seeks to eliminate the inherent contradictions of the term, which they describe as "simultaneously (or alternately) revolutionary and counterrevolutionary, realist and fantastic, retrograde and utopian, rebellious and melancholic, democratic and aristocratic, activist and contemplative, republican and ...more
Luke Echo
Jun 29, 2016 Luke Echo rated it really liked it
Much more interesting that expected. A rather ambitious survey of Romanticism and its role in social critique in the past and future.


The final chapter on the contemporary use of Romanticism was the weakest though. It was a bit disappointing that they were unable to really engage more fully with some of the critiques and discussions of romanticism and the culture industry in alternative cultures today.
Marcelle
Jun 16, 2008 Marcelle rated it liked it
Interesting to acquire a wide view of Romanticism , "kinds" of it and its connections with Capitalism since eighteenth century across different countries in Europe, as well as to understand its presence in Literature, Philosophy, History and Art.
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