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Wilfrid Laurier University
Religion & Culture
Marybeth White

RE103 Feb.14/13 Lecture Romanticism- The Context of Von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther  Romanticism- originated from Europe primarily in France but moved to other European countries and all over Call and Response  Romanticism - a response to (indicates reflexive action, speaking to and viewing the world differently)  Enlightenment- starts to occur in the 1700s and takes flight, arranged marriages that occurred and molds begin to get broken (choosing own spouses, less rigid)  Industrial Revolution The Call: Enlightenment  Second half of the 17th Century (~1660s), heralds the begin of individuality “I think therefore I am”, there are relationships between other people and the Individual (nobility, peasants, etc.)  Key Elements (broad thinking in social and scientific issues, the scientific method in which experiments in predicting outcomes that continues to be proven)  Rationalism- looking at the world through scientific data and figuring things out through reason  Scientific Method- applying it, factual understandings but not speaking to social issues and specifically to people  Individualism- own beliefs become personalized, how people perceive things  Demystification of the World (figuring out the ways of the world and if they are actually true, the connection between logos and mythos)  Deism- that comes over Enlightenment thinking from England, it highlights individuality and rationality, it is the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of God and other things The Call: Industrial Revolution  1800s- romantic period takes full bloom, based on what is occurring during this time (reaction)  Rejection of scientific method  Scientific Advances  Steam Power  Factories- mass production, no ownership of what is created (such as if in assembly line)  Transportation- better use of it  Urbanization- people leaving rural countryside to urbanized area to find jobs, sickness occurring and large amount of people, crime rates such as stealing to sustain people  Dickens, Marx and Engels- dehumanizing, stripping of human being ness, speaks to love and relationships, running in the opposite direction The Response: Romanticism  Nature- its beauty  *Aesthetic Qualities (instead of functionality, it is uniqueness rather than mass production, in the book as character goes through all the senses, it speaks to feelings), look for the spontaneous  Sensual  Visual  Olfactory- relating to sense of smell  Auditory  Taste  Touch  *The Journey- the plights, understanding of t
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