The Romantic Revolution?

The Romantic Revolution? THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION? The flowering or Romanticism in Egypt and the Levant is an integral part of the series of revolutions-in Egypt in 1919, in Iraq in 1918 and 1920, in Syria in 1925-which saw Arab national enthusiams coming to grips with continuing imperial hegemony on the part of Britain and France. It was certainly an age of political engagement and of dramatic change as the new nation states arose from the debris of what had been the Ottoman empire. It is well established that the principal direct inspiration for Arab romanticism was derived largely from the springs of romanticism in England and France in the late 18th and early 19th cen- turies.' There is also ample evidence that a significant portion of the intellectual infrastructure of the new Arab nationalisms can be traced to the ideals of the European enlightenment and to some of the principles which inspired the French Revolution.2 2 Let us for a moment consider some of the great figures of the Romantic movement in Europe who were in certain cases read, translated, and appreciated by their Arab counterparts of a later age. After more than two hundred years, it is easy to forget http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabic Literature Brill

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Publisher
BRILL
Copyright
© 1995 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0085-2376
eISSN
1570-064X
D.O.I.
10.1163/157006495X00102
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Abstract

THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION? The flowering or Romanticism in Egypt and the Levant is an integral part of the series of revolutions-in Egypt in 1919, in Iraq in 1918 and 1920, in Syria in 1925-which saw Arab national enthusiams coming to grips with continuing imperial hegemony on the part of Britain and France. It was certainly an age of political engagement and of dramatic change as the new nation states arose from the debris of what had been the Ottoman empire. It is well established that the principal direct inspiration for Arab romanticism was derived largely from the springs of romanticism in England and France in the late 18th and early 19th cen- turies.' There is also ample evidence that a significant portion of the intellectual infrastructure of the new Arab nationalisms can be traced to the ideals of the European enlightenment and to some of the principles which inspired the French Revolution.2 2 Let us for a moment consider some of the great figures of the Romantic movement in Europe who were in certain cases read, translated, and appreciated by their Arab counterparts of a later age. After more than two hundred years, it is easy to forget

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Journal of Arabic LiteratureBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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