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Friday, April 12, 2013

Good romanticism and bad romanticism

I haven't worked this out yet, obviously, but it may be a mistake to try to distinguish good romanticism from bad. In other words, the good, authentic, intellectually rigorous kind, and the bad, degraded nationalistic kind. Or the good progressive kind, and the bad conservative kind, etc... Romanticism as originality and romanticism as kitsch.

You could substitute other words for romanticism here.

2 comments:

j. said...

is this not 'early' and 'late'? (i know it's not, but—isn't it? at least people will wanna know.)

Jonathan said...

That's part of it. Not sure how much though.