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Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 is an edited anthology that seeks to explain just how rock and roll is a Romantic phenomenon that sheds light, retrospectively, on what literary Romanticism was at its different points of origin and on what it has become in the present. This anthology allows Byron and Wollstonecraft to speak back to contemporary theories of Romanticism through Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Relying on Löwy and Sayre's Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity, it explores how hostility, loss, and longing for unity are particularly appropriate terms for classic rock as well as the origins of these emotions. In essays ranging from Bob Dylan to Blackberry Smoke, this work examines how rock and roll expands, interprets, restates, interrogates, and conflicts with literary Romanticism, all the while understanding that as a term "rock and roll" in reference to popular music from the late 1940s through the early 2000s is every bit as contradictory and difficult to define as the word Romanticism itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498553858
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/28/2019
Series: For the Record: Lexington Studies in Rock and Popular Music Series
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

James Rovira is chair and associate professor in the English department at Mississippi College.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rock and Romanticism by James Rovira
Part I: Blake, Shelley, and Rock
“Tangled Up in Blake: the Triangular Relationship among Dylan, Blake, and the Beats”
by Luke Walker
“Romanticism in the Park: Mick Jagger Reading Shelley”
by Jaaneke van der Leest
“William Blake: The Romantic Alternative”
by Douglas T. Root
“Digging at the Roots: Martha Redbone’s The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake”
by Nicole Lobdell
“‘Tangle of Matter and Ghost’: U2, Leonard Cohen, and Blakean Romanticism”
by Lisa Crafton
Part II: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Rock
“The Inner Revolution(s) of Wordsworth and the Beatles”
by David Boocker
“‘When the Light that’s Lost within Us Reaches the Sky’: Jackson Browne’s Romantic Vision”
by Gary L. Tandy
“‘Swimming Against the Stream’: Rush’s Romantic Critique of their Modern Age”
by David S. Hogsette
“Wordsworth’s ‘Michael,’ the Georgic, and Blackberry Smoke”
by Ronald D. Morrison
“Wordsworth on the Radio”
by Rachel Feder
Part III: European Romanticisms and Popular Music
“Themes of ‘Scapigliatura’ and cursed poets in the songs of Piero Ciampi (1934–1980)”
by Lorenzo Sorbo

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