Romanticism and Postromanticism [NOOK Book]

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Claudia Moscovici asserts in Romanticism and Postromanticism that the Romantic heritage, far from being important only in a historical sense, has philosophical relevance and value for contemporary art and culture. With an emphasis on artistic tradition as a continuing source of inspiration and innovation, she touches upon each main branch of philosophy: aesthetics, epistemology, and ethics. The book begins by describing some of the most interesting features of the Romantic movement that still fuel our culture. It...
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Overview

Claudia Moscovici asserts in Romanticism and Postromanticism that the Romantic heritage, far from being important only in a historical sense, has philosophical relevance and value for contemporary art and culture. With an emphasis on artistic tradition as a continuing source of inspiration and innovation, she touches upon each main branch of philosophy: aesthetics, epistemology, and ethics. The book begins by describing some of the most interesting features of the Romantic movement that still fuel our culture. It then addresses the question: How did an artistic movement whose focus was emotive expression change into a quest for formal experimentation? And finally, Moscovici considers the aesthetic philosophy of postromanticism by thinking through how the Romantic emphasis upon beauty and passion can be combined with the modern and postmodern emphasis on originality and experimentation.
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What People Are Saying

William C. Carter
"In Romanticism and Postromanticism, Claudia Moscovici writes that 'art
criticism, like philosophy, like love itself, depends upon cultivating
a lucid passion.' This book, which brings a breath of fresh air to the
study of enduring themes, is the lucid, engaging result of Moscovici's
own passion for literature, philosophy, and art. And it is much more,
an enthusiastic appeal to seize the day, to live life to the fullest,
complete with a manifesto and a roster of artists who epitomize the
aspirations of the postromantic movement."--(William C. Carter,
Distinguished Professor of French, University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Marshall C. Olds
"Addressing both a revolution in esthetics and an important development
in the history of thought, Claudia Moscovici argues that in its break
from the Enlightenment, Romanticism promoted core values such as
verisimilitude, expressivity, and sensuality, that have become an
important postromantic opposition -- in our contemporary visual arts,
especially -- to Modernism and postmodernism. The discussion is fresh
and engaging."--(Marshall C. Olds, Willa Cather Professor and Professor
of Modern Languages, University of Nebraska)
Edward K. Kaplan
"Claudia Moscovici is a historian of ideas, astute reader of
literature, and sensitive interpreter of art. Her unusual, original
book, vividly written, solidly researched, is both academically sound
and passionately committed. Lucid chapters on Rousseau, Mme de Staƫl,
Diderot, Wordsworth and Baudelaire define the aesthetics, ethics, and
epistemology of the movement she calls postromanticism, alive today.
Exciting to read."--(Edward K. Kaplan, Kaiserman Professor in the
Humanities, Brandeis University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739160503
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/9/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 134
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Claudia Moscovici is currently a visiting assistant professor of philosophy and the Residential College at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Branches of Romanticism
Chapter 2 A Kiss Sent by Mail: The Expression of Passion in Rousseau's Julie, ou La Nouvelle Heloise
Chapter 3 Between Two Worlds: Germaine de Stael's De L'Allemagne
Chapter 4 Lucidity and Passion in Diderot's Aesthetics
Chapter 5 Romantic Aesthetics: Wordsworth and Baudelaire
Chapter 6 Aesthetics after Romanticism: On Originality, Individuality, and Autonomy in Art
Chapter 7 A Sketch of Postromanticism
Chapter 8 The Postromantic Manifesto
Chapter 9 Postromantic Artists (postromanticism)
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