Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article explores the reception of literary romanticism in two genres of German alternative pop music, Krautrock and Goth. It discusses two bands named after romantic writer Friedrich von Hardenberg that reference romanticism for opposite purposes: Novalis, a 1970s band, champions utopian visions typical of left-wing counterculture, while their present day counterpart, neofolk band Novalis Deux, formulates an implicitly right-wing criticism of Western liberalism. Both bands also highlight different aspects of the artistic movement: while Novalis invokes the utopian leanings of early romanticism, Novalis Deux focuses on the dark side of human nature, a vital undercurrent throughout the entire romantic period.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-8646
Print ISSN
0149-7952
Pages
pp. 289-312
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-30
Open Access
No
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