Wednesday, March 10, 2010

American Romanticism

American Romanticism, that's what I'm thinking of these days. Trouble is, I'm not sure what constitutes American Romanticism. What are the romantic notions that we Americans have. Initially I think of things like cowboys and the West. Also, being on the road, Route 66 and what have you. These are general romantic ideas. Personally, I have some notions of romanticism, drifting and rootless and Southern romanticism. I'm not sure I have a crystalized idea of the concept though.

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I'd really like to hear your thoughts on the subject dear friends. Can you broaden the list for me? Do you have notions that seem to fit the concept (think Turner and Delacroix) that might not occur to me? I'm going to make this an ongoing dialog for future posts so, please join in with your opinion.

Have a lovely evening.



Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Brad. Thanks for joining my blog.

I'm having a hard time coming up with a broad American romanticism, but are there more romantic ideas associated with specific regions? Like...deep south, Spanish moss, dark swamp or California, surfer, sunshine....Maybe I have the wrong idea about what romanticism is, but, there you are, my 2 cents for you!

Brad Gailey said...

You've got the idea. I am realizing that this is a tricky concept on which to get a handle, what is a romantic notion and what is just an affectation. Keep thinking cause the conversation will go on.