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Analysing European Romanticism - Audio

by The Open University

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The principal tenets of the movement known as Romanticism first began in Germany and England, with the former pioneering the moral and philosophical beliefs and the latter producing the first Romantic artists and poets. This album concentrates on the development and spread of Romanticism in mainland Europe, analysing in clear, concise terms the metaphysical questions and beliefs that engendered the movement, along with the cultural and historical contexts that encouraged its development. The album also explores how Romanticism spread and was adopted in other countries, concentrating on how intellectual progress was often hindered by societal pressures and prejudices. This material forms part of The Open University course A207 From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830.

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Illuminating and intriguing!

As a lifelong admirer of Romanticism and Romantic literature, preparing to enter a Romanticism PhD program next fall, I wanted to prepare myself for my studies by reading and listening to works that explored the complexity and nuances of the movement. This iTunes U series does just that, in a series of eloquent and illuminating lectures that span the cultural breadth and philosophical depth of Romantic movements across Europe, describing key founders and seminal works as well as key political and cultural events that helped to bring the Romantic movement to fruition in its various manifestations. I found this series extremely helpful, intriguing both for the longtime Romantic devotee and the emergent discoverer of Romantic works.