Rock and Romanticism

Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms

  • James Rovira

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 259-302

About this book


Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms explores the relationships among the musical genres of post-punk, goth, and metal and American and European Romanticisms traditionally understood. It argues that these contemporary forms of music are not only influenced by but are an expression of Romanticism continuous with their eighteenth- and nineteenth-century influences. Figures such as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Friedrich, Schlegel, and Hoffman are brought alongside the music and visual aesthetics of the Rolling Stones, the New Romantics, the Pretenders, Joy Division, Nick Cave, Tom Verlaine, emo, Eminem, My Dying Bride, and Norwegian black metal to explore the ways that Romanticism continues into the present in all of its varying forms and expressions.


The Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil The Romantics New Romantics Chrissie Hynde Nick Cave Tom Verlaine P.J. Harvey Wordsworth Black Metal Blackberry Smoke Neo-Southern Rock

Editors and affiliations

  • James Rovira
    • 1
  1. 1.Mississippi CollegeClinton, MSUSA

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