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Conclusion

Patrick Coleman

in Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589340
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589340.003.0007
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The conclusion briefly traces the history of anger and gratitude after the end of the Enlightenment. It argues through reference to Romantic literature, illustrated by Baudelaire, and to Tocqueville's Démocratie en Amérique, that with the split between a new mass culture and an intellectual avant-garde in nineteenth-century culture these emotions, while still useful for understanding social interaction, no longer play a crucial role in defining the writer's relationship to the public or to the world in general.

Keywords: Romanticism; mass culture; Tocqueville; Baudelaire; avant-garde

Chapter.  2578 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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