Image of the Sea: Oceanic Consciousness in the Romantic Century

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Isham (emeritus, San Francisco State U.) identifies an "oceanic feeling" in Europe and North America of the 19th century. He describes it as a consciousness of constant change and flux precipitated by the revolutionary changes experienced by western societies and finding expression in the metaphor of the sea. Looking at paintings, poetry, and other literature, he explores its eruption in the early Romantic period and tracks the continuation of its Romantic expression long after the decline of Romanticism as a whole. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820467276
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Foreword xix
Prelude: The Sea in Human Consciousness 1
Image of the Sea in Western Culture 1
The Expansion of European Civilization 4
The Seascape as Art Form 7
The Italian Seacoast: Light and Vapor 10
The Road to Revolution and Romanticism 12
Chapter I The Romantic Floodtide: Seastorms, Shipwrecks, and Revolution 17
Reason and the Seas of Change 17
The Sea in Folk Art: The Ex Voto 22
The Ossianic Phenomenon 23
The Lure of Sea Bathing 26
Accounts of Voyagers 27
The Sea in Public Consciousness 29
Image of the Sea in a Changing World 32
The Romantic Seascape 36
The Young Turner 37
Chapter II The British Sea World: The Sea and the Romantic Imagination 45
Maritime England 45
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 46
William Wordsworth 48
John Keats 52
The Cathedral of the Sea 55
Visions of the Sea: Byron and Shelley 59
The Seascapes of J. M. W. Turner 73
Chapter III The German Sea World: Oceanic Images in Painting and Poetry 95
Romanticism in Germany 95
Painter of the Baltic Sea: C. D. Friedrich 97
Poet of the North Sea: Heinrich Heine 115
Chapter IV The French Sea World: Oceanic Feeling in Literature and Painting 139
Romanticism in France 139
Lamartine and the Sea 143
Victor Hugo and the Sea 152
The Painted Sea in France: Theodore Gericault 166
Eugene Delacroix and the Sea 170
Maritime France and the Seascape 179
Interlude: The Decline of Romance and the Sailing Voyage 191
Science and Materialism 193
Sea Travel: Sail vs. Steam 195
In Praise of the Sailing Ship 197
The Romance of the Sailing Ship 200
Chapter V The Romantic Ebb Tide: Oceans of Will and Fantasy 211
Richard Wagner--Romanticism Submerged 211
Friedrich Nietzsche and the Oceanic Image 222
Charles Baudelaire and the Sea 227
Chapter VI The Victorian Sea: Romantic Culture in the Machine Age 251
The Victorian Compromise 251
Alfred Tennyson--Nature, Spirit, and the Sea 254
Matthew Arnold and the Sea of Life 262
Dickens and His Circle 269
Captain Marryat--Sea Novelist 272
Clarkson Stanfield and the Victorian Seascape 275
Walt Whitman: The Oceanic Feeling in America 279
The Sea Passion of A. C. Swinburne 288
Chapter VII Water Worlds: Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism 303
Trouville, Fall 1865 303
Courbet as Painter of the Sea 306
J. M. Whistler and the Sea 314
Claude Monet and Impressionism 326
Claude Debussy and Musical Impressionism 343
The Sea and Music in Symbolist Poetry 353
Chapter VIII The End of an Era: Seen from the Shore and the Ship 363
A New Century Begins 363
The Sea from the Shore: Winslow Homer 365
The Sea from the Ship: Joseph Conrad 381
Postlude: The Sea Around Us 399
A Bibliographical Note 405
Index 407
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