This international collection of essays by leading authorities
in literature and education presents the first comprehensive view
of the impact of Romanticism on education over the course of the
last two centuries. Romanticism's reconception of self, nature,
writing and the imagination forms a chapter of intellectual history
that has led to a number of innovative programs in the schools. The
book returns to the educational thinking of key figures from the
time--Rousseau, Wordsworth, Mary Shelley and Coleridge--before
charting their influence on such historical and contemporary
developments as Montessori schools, art education, free schools and
current writing programs. The contributors tend to challenge common
assumptions concerning Romanticism and do not shy away from its
darker side; their work encompasses both theoretical considerations
of Romantic and post-modern conceptions of the self and practical
concerns with Romanticism's potential for the school curriculum.
"The Educational Legacy of Romanticism" represents a
multi-disciplinary inquiry into the continuing influence which
cultural endeavours can have on the social practices of
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