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Dark Romanticism

A look into the world of Dark Romanticism

Patrick Woyna

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Dark Romanticism

Light vs Dark
The difference
Important Contributors
Edgar Allen Poe
Legendary status for his works
The biggest author of the genre.
Poe's own eerie and mysterious experiences are reflected in his work
Started from Transcendental philosophical movement
Grotesque, gloomy, and morbid.

Dark Romanticism
Dark [dahk], a. destitute of light; approaching black
Romantic (roman'tik), a. pertaining to, of the nature of or given to romance
Romanticism [-sizm], n. the quality or state of being romantic
The primary contrast of Romanticism vs. Dark Romanticism is the good in man vs the bad in man
Emphasize the evil and the horror of evil in man
The Scarlet Letter,
New England,
Puritan inspiration.
Inherent evil and sin of humanity,
Moral messages and
Deep psychological complexity
Nathaniel Hawthorne
American novelist best known for his novel Moby Dick, often considered to be one of the best pieces of literature of all time. While his popularity waned during his lifetime, a recent revival of his works has ushered his legacy back into the spotlight
Herman Melville
The Legends
Individuals as prone to sin and self-destruction
"I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my inquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression."

-Dylan Thomas

Belief in sin and evil.
Mysteries of life.
A reverence for human nature (especially the bad aspects), and all its struggles.
Transcendentalists- Advocate social reform
The History
Transcendental philosophical movement popular in the eighteenth/early nineteenth-century
"The Dark Romantics adapted images of anthropomorphized evil in the form of Satan, devils, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and ghouls."

-G.R. Thompson
Keep in mind that Dark Romanticism has no shared, exact definition. This is due to romanticism being very loosely defined
Often used synonymously with Gothic; they aren't entirely the same
While Romanticism focuses on the best aspects of humanity, Dark Romanticism is the opposite
-Washington Irving "Sleepy Hollow"
-William Cullen Bryant "The Murdered Traveler"
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "The Cross of Snow"
-Oliver Wendell Holmes "Departed Days"
-James R. Lowell "The Street"
-John Greenleaf Whittier "At Eventide"
Other Well Known Authors and Their Works
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jayne Eyre
Examples Of Dark Romanticism
Requiem for a Dream
Film Noir (Sin City, etc.)
Dark Romanticism is the first time that the market economy influenced authors
These guys had the questions.
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