Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 / Edition 1

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In 850 analytical articles, this two-volume set explores the developments that influenced the profound changes in thought and sensibility during the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Encyclopedia provides readers with a clear, detailed, and accurate reference source on the literature, thought, music, and art of the period, demonstrating the rich interplay of international influences and cross-currents at work; and to explore the many issues raised by the very concepts of Romantic and Romanticism.

"Written to stress the crosscurrent of ideas, this cultural encyclopedia provides clearly written and authoritative articles. Thoughts, themes, people, and nations that define the Romantic Era, as well as some frequently overlooked topics, receive their first encyclopedic treatments in 850 signed articles, with bibliographies and coverage of historical antecedents and lingering influences of romanticism. Even casual browsers will discover much to enjoy here."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

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'A superb set on one of the most important topics in Western thought and art... The encyclopedia gives students or general readers an excellent introduction to the movement while allowing them to see its full scope. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and large public libraries.'Booklist/RBB
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This two-volume set is a masterly accomplishment. Its nearly 800 entries succeed in offering "a broad-ranging guide to the profound changes in thought, sensibility, and expression" that occurred from the last decades of the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century. While this may not be the precise time frame of the Romantic period, editor Murray (Key Writers on Art; Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism) has made a commendable effort not only to cover all major developments that took place at the time but also to include entries for terms that are not strictly Romantic but are essential for a better understanding of the period. Detailed and compelling, the alphabetically arranged entries have been written by some 250 scholars from Europe and the United States. They cover a spectrum of themes, concepts, approaches, and events (e.g., slavery, fashion, religion, performing arts, and literature); major figures from all disciplines (e.g., Baudelaire, Kant); key works of literature, music, and art (e.g., Leaves of Grass); and surveys designed to provide a broad view of a particular subject (e.g., the culture of the Balkans, German Idealism). In addition to numerous cross references, helpful bibliographies, and an impressive index, the work features a helpful list of subjects arranged alphabetically, a list of entries by subject matter (e.g., dance, science), and a thematic list divided by country. Scholars and history buffs alike will find much to relish in these two volumes. A worthy investment for all libraries.-Manya Chylinski, Boston Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579583613
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/8/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1336
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 3.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher John Murray is a writer and editor in the fields of cultural and intellectual history. His previous edited publications include the Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism (Fitzroy Dearborn 1999) and the two-volume Key Writers on Art (Routledge 2002). His is also editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought, to be published by Routledge in 2004.

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