The Romantic Movement
September 1994, ©1994, Wiley-Blackwell
Despite the differences of aim and emphasis across Europe,
Professor Cranston argues that romaticism was a European
phenomenon, as universal as the Renaissance. He isolates its common
features - liberty, introspection, and the importance of love;
truth in the expression of feeling as much as of thought; nature
seen as an object of devotion rather than scientific study; a
tolerance of the grotesque coupled with an interest in the exotic,
the primitive and the medieval; a concern for the value of
intuition over ratiocination; and a preference for audacity over
The Romantic Movement is part of the common European heritage, and its influence is by no means at an end. The book is the first to describe its philosophy, history, and cultural and artistic manifestations, and the ways these varied across the countries of Europe.
1. The First Romantics.
2. German Romanticism.
3. English Romanticism.
4. French Romanticism.
5. Italian Romanticism.
6. Spanish Romanticism.
7. Late Romanticism.
Selected Bibliography of Critical Works.
* Covers the entire movement - art, music, philosophy, politics, literature - throughout Europe.
"Brilliantly lucid as well as useful. Students could not do better than to go to it for an introduction." Scotland on Sunday
"In clear and uncomplicated prose, the book offers a brief survey of different national traditions." European Romantic Review