Journal Article

The Peculiar Romanticism of the English Situationists

Sam Cooper

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 42, issue 1, pages 20-37
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online March 2013 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI:
The Peculiar Romanticism of the English Situationists

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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.

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Subjects: Literature ; Art ; Film ; Music

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