The peculiar romanticism of the English Situationists

Cooper, Sam (2013) The peculiar romanticism of the English Situationists. Cambridge Quarterly, 42 (1). pp. 20-37. ISSN 0008-199X

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In the late 1960s, a succession of English activists undertook an Anglicisation of the programme of the Continental avant-garde group, the Situationist International (1957-1972). These English Situationists faced a longstanding difficulty in translating such activity into an English idiom: an Anglophonic scepticism about so-called ‘intellectualism’. The paper argues that the English Situationists thus worked to amplify the resonances between the Situationist project and a vernacular tradition of English Romantic poetry. It offers a ‘heretically’ literary-critical reading of Guy Debord alongside Wordsworth, and explores how the English Situationists attempted to ‘re-radicalise’ literary Romanticism.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR6050 1961-2000
Depositing User: Samuel Cooper
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 10:43
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 10:43
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