Vico and French romanticism
Metastasio, Arthur Paul
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The object of this study is to examine the principle works of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), to establish him as a philosopher and theorist of romanticism and to what extent his theories were incorporated in the theories of the French romanticists, especially between the years 1827-1830. Vico posed the basic principles of romanticism by starting with a rejection of Cartesian principles and the classical standards and taste imposed by Aristotle and the Italian classicists. He insisted that history is organic, possessing its peculiar form of evolution and its own laws, as is literature, which reflects the history of the individual and societies. Vico maintained that poetic creativity is primarily intuitive rather than rational. The primitive poet's rich sensory imagination, unique fount of his lyrical creativity, diminished as his rational faculties developed, with a consequent loss of his power to create sublime poetry [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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