From Romance to Romanticism

From Romance to Romanticism

Part I Discussion (1 page in total)

  1. In one of our Module 5 readings, Margaret Boden defined creativity as “the ability to come up with artifacts that are new, surprising and valuable”. In this light, consider the Beatles’ 1966 LP,Revolver, as well as the LP’s accompanying single, “Paperback Writer / “Rain”. Briefly describe something  — a song, a sound, a lyric, an approach to music-making – from this body of work that was, in its day, new and surprising. Then go on to say whether you think this novel item was also valuable. And try to clarify: Valuable to whom and for what purpose? (Note: If you mention ”Tomorrow Never Knows” or “Eleanor Rigby,” be sure to mention another song as well, since our Module 6 readings cover those two songs pretty extensively.)
  2. Then response to 2 classmates

Part II Essay Paper (5 pages)

Please see file “From Romance to Romanticism” for this part.

In “From Romance to Romanticism”: The Beatles 1964/5-1970, “Colin Campbell argues that the Beatles’ transformation from pop idols to leaders of cultural rebellion should not simply be attributed to the combined influence of Bob Dylan and LSD. There was, he claims, another factor, one which we can glimpse in germinal form in the boy-girl narratives of the band’s early pop hits. This early emphasis on conventional tropes of romance, says Campbell, actually contained the seeds of a philosophical perspective – Romanticism – which became the hippie counterculture’s “philosophy of life” (39).

Describe and explain the “values and beliefs” Campbell associates with Romanticism as philosophy.


Then go ahead and discuss whether you agree with him that the early hits of the Beatles – which are not typically seen as “philosophical” – did indeed lay the groundwork for the radical change in outlook and approach they manifested in 1965-1970






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