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Diehards and Innovators

The French Romantic Struggle: 1800-1830


Paul T. Comeau

This work is an attempt to reveal to the English-speaking reader the development of the French brand of Romanticism. The 30-year surge toward a new aesthetic involved a complex series of actions and reactions by groups and individuals which has fascinated philosophers, historians and literary critics because political bias created strange allegiances and pronouncements. The classical diehards sought to define romanticism in order to oppose it, and the romantic innovators pursued the same goal in order to understand it and provide illustrations of it. Since many theoretical statements and creative works were reproduced and reviewed in the magazines and newspapers of the day, this book especially focuses on the major periodicals to describe the quest for aesthetic freedom.
Contents: This book reveals the search for the nature of French nineteenth-century romanticism, studies the theoretical pronouncements, foreign influences and works before 1830 and provides a detailed account of the intense debates and literary activity and their interplay with Restoration politics up to the romantic victory in 1830.
Its unique appeal stems from extensive use of material from leading periodicals of the period for a detailed account of the progress of romanticism from its early manifestations to its triumph.