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November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016
18-19 November 2016
The 13th Annual Wenshan International Conference
Prof Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London)
Prof Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University)
In his seminal book The Roots of Romanticism (1999), Isaiah Berlin regards Romanticism as “the largest recent movement to transform the lives and the thoughts of the Western world.” Indeed, Romantic ideas and attitudes—embraced by Goethe, Hegel, Sade, de Staël, Rousseau, Baudelaire, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Beethoven, Schubert, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Turner, and Delacroix, to name but a few—not merely changed the course of history in the West in the late-eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries but helped to fashion twentieth-century democracy, environmentalism, Surrealism, fascist nationalism, communist universalism, spiritualism, social liberalism, and so forth in the West as well as in the East. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics from across the humanities and social sciences to explore the full spectrum of possible Romanticisms, the germination, maturation, and development of this heritage on both sides of the Atlantic and its afterlife in our global capitalist culture today.