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"Det romantiska tidehvarfvet": De svenska romantikernas medeltidsuppfattning
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
’The Romantic Era’ : Swedish Romanticism and the Conception of the Middle Ages (English)
Abstract [en]

The dissertation deals with the view of the Middle Ages in the Swedish Romantic Movement in the first half of the 19th century. A presentation is given of the treatment of the Middle Ages in the historical and fictional works of the Romantics, and it is shown how this treatment was influenced by both their philosophical outlook and their view of contemporary morality and politics. Special attention is paid to the writings of Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom (1790—1855) and Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783—1847), two of the most prominent exponents of Swedish Romanticism.

According to the Romantics, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution had caused a total breakdown of the established order and left society in a state of chaos. In their ideological struggle to lay the foundations of a new and better order, the Romantics looked to the Middle Ages for inspiration. In important respects, they found medieval culture to be an ideal to be emulated. They claimed that medieval man — contrary to the contemporaries of the Romantics — had ordered his life according to noble values and that he had striven to realise idealistic purposes. They were convinced that a revival of the medieval spirit — termed ’the Romantic Spirit’ — could form the basis of a future civilisation that would outshine the preceding ones.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria , 2002. , 326 p.
Skrifter, ISSN 0280-7238 ; 27
Keyword [en]
History of science and ideas, construction of history, Middle Ages, Swedish romanticism, Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom (1790—1855), Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783—1847)
Keyword [sv]
Idé- och lärdomshistoria
National Category
History of Ideas
Research subject
History Of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-1862ISBN: 91-506-1548-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-1862DiVA: diva2:161438
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2002-04-12, Universitetshuset, sal IV, Uppsala, 10:15
Available from: 2002-03-20 Created: 2002-03-20Bibliographically approved

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