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Classic, Romantic, and Modern

reviewed by Campbell Crockett 1962

coverTitle: Classic, Romantic, and Modern
Author(s): J. Barzun
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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It is easy to give the conventional meanings of some words; in other cases it is extremely difficult. "Romanticism" is a puzzling one, and Barzun hopes both to explicate its meaning and to defend what it stands for. These joint goals, here as elsewhere, are not always mutually compatible. In our culture, "romanticism" is in a pejorative stage, whereas "classicism" evokes positive if not eulogistic reactions. Romantic heroes call forth saccharine associations; classical heroes seem to be gallant mesomorphs. Barzun wishes to rehabilitate romanticism, and he is not reticent in exhibiting his aspirations: At this point I may state dogmatically what I shall show in the sequel, that romanticism is not equivalent to irrationalism, nor sentimentality, nor individualism, nor collectivism, nor Utopian aspirations, nor love, nor hate, nor indolence, nor feeble-mindedness. Consequently, if any of these human traits particularly excite one's disapproval, one must call them by their proper names and not... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 3, 1962, p. 257-257
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2911, Date Accessed: 7/23/2018 7:57:37 AM

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