Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life
by Andrea K Henderson (9780521884020)

Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life
 
Andrea K Henderson
Release Date: June 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 295
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9780521884020
ISBN-10: 0521884020



In their pursuit of emotional extremes, writers of the Romantic period were fascinated by experiences of pain and misery, and explored the ability to derive pleasure, and produce creative energy, out of masochism and submission. These interests were closely connected to the failure of the industrial and democratic revolutions to fulfil their promise of increased economic and political power for everyone. Writers as different as Frances Burney, William Hazlitt, John Keats, and Lord Byron both challenged and came to terms with the injustices of modern life through their representations of submission. Andrea K. Henderson teases out these configurations and analyses the many ways ideas of mastery and subjection shaped Romantic artistic forms, from literature and art to architecture and garden design. This provocative and ambitious study ranges widely through early nineteenth-century culture to reveal the underlying power relations that shaped Romanticism.

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