The romantic era, a pillar in the history of literature

November, 09; 2023. By
On this occasion we come to stop and focus on a historical moment - the romantic era -, perhaps the first pan-European or properly Western artistic movement as a whole, which bore such good results, especially in music and literature, but very especially in this last field. The period covered by this current is usually located from the 1800s to the 1850s, or until 1875 if we include late romanticism, and perhaps the "starting shot" is marked in literature by the novel about the character Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and in music, Beethoven.

To make a brief mention of romantic music, through this movement the foundations of this art are laid as we enjoy it from that moment until today, mainly through the compositions that came from the mind of the aforementioned Beethoven and others, which the Hollywood of the 20th century gladly embraced and developed widely; We will mention John Williams as a musical "neoromantic", as he has been classified lately.

However, the "big part" of the matter develops in the field of literature. As we have said, Mary Shelley with her monster Frankenstein, in 1818, begins the cycle of science fiction/horror novels that are distilled in English literature throughout the century: Edgar Allan Poe and his stories, Washington Irving, H. G. Wells and his novels, Bram Stoker with Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson and his Treasure Island, and a long etcetera that, impossible to classify in any other way, represent an important milestone in the history of universal literature and an absolutely excellent and bright.

And until today. Even today and with a century in between we continue to enjoy these works and we approach them naively, tricking ourselves into consuming them "as if they were fresh out of the oven."

In reality, sometimes we complain about the dominance of the English language nowadays, since it is a "lingua franca" today, but we cannot complain too much because this dominance is effectively supported by works of great quality that have been around for some time English speakers, whether English, Irish or North American, have created.