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Dark Romantic Literature

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  1. Dark Romantic Literature 1840-1860 The grotesque, gloomy, morbid and fantastic

  2. The Writers • Herman Melville • Nathaniel Hawthorne • Edgar Allan Poe • Interested in human psychology and the deep, dark workings of the subconscious mind. • Dark Romantics acknowledged the evil in men and the horror of evil. • Rooted in French, German, and English Gothic lit.

  3. Literature elements • Settings: wild, haunted landscapes. • Supernatural events and mysterious Gothic/medieval castles. • Relied heavily upon symbolism; terror is often given a concrete form in a symbol

  4. The Characters • Haunted, alienated, isolated, and obsessed characters • Protagonists pitted against unknowable dark fates that in some mysterious way grow out of their deepest unconscious selves • Alienation from society as a result of: • Pride • Selfishness • Coldness of heart • Emergence of secret sin