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By Jon Klancher

ISBN-10: 0631233555

ISBN-13: 9780631233558

A Concise better half to the Romantic Age offers new views at the relationships among literature and tradition in Britain from 1780 to 1830

  • Provides unique essays from a number of multi-disciplinary students at the Romantic period
  • Includes clean insights into such subject matters as non secular controversy and politics, empire and nationalism, and the connection of Romanticism to modernist aesthetics
  • Ranges around the Romantic era's literary, visible, and non-fictional genres

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The eighteenth-century sublime, for instance, and its traditional godly qualities of distant power, and even terror, perceived in art and nature, dissolved into the selfconscious Romantic sublime. Memory, even of the gods, was drawn into what Thomas De Quincey, the English Opium-Eater, called in Suspiria de Profundis (1845) the “palimpsest” of the human brain. And that suspicion was absorbed into modern forms of the clinically mapped unconscious, where, although now it seems itself a mythical place, Freud first began to trace the illusions of religion.

He actually drove those sensual impressions into the center of supernatural apprehension. The primordial Romantic spiritual event is actually a spiritualized empiricist moment, a heuristic moment, or an epistemological model of beginnings, in which the new Romantic Adam is born, one who must feel the electric connections of body and mind before he can understand the origins of God. William Blake anathematized Voltaire and Rousseau and mocked the empiricist who could not see – as Blake could – an entire world in a grain of sand.

In this sense, Romantic imagination, like its modern derivatives, is a rich reflection or, if we prefer more sober words, a simulacrum of a once purely religious idea. Romantic writers did not, of course, invent the idea of imagination. qxd 22/12/08 12:54 PM Page 25 Robert M. Maniquis shimmering in reticulated neurological webs. All such mental brica-brac was at times excluded from, at others tied to, grander memories of epic and adventurous Protestant vision, allegorical dreams, and the vestiges of the Stoic recta ratio, or accumulated wisdom and reason.

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